U.S. Chamber Supports Carnegie Report Calling for Higher Levels of Math & Science Learning

December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) today praised the findings of a report issued by the Carnegie Corporation of New York-Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education. The report offers a series of recommendations detailing what innovations are needed, and who must implement them—or is already doing so—if math and science education is to be transformed for all students in the United States.
“Without improved instruction and student performance in the areas of math and science, America’s competitive edge is at risk.” said Lydia Logan, vice president and executive director at the Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce. “The business community has long recognized the connection between a solid math and science foundation and an innovative workforce. The Chamber is committed to mobilizing its membership in support of the Commission’s recommendations.”
Over 65 business, philanthropic, education, civil rights, labor, and other organizations have joined Carnegie in support of The Opportunity Equation, the Commission’s report which calls for dramatic improvement in mathematics and science education, so that all students, regardless of background or social standing, achieve much higher levels of math and science learning.
The report's concrete recommendations are tailored action steps aimed at key players in education reform, from colleges and universities, federal and state government, to business, unions, education entrepreneurs, and funders.  Recommendations fall into four areas: higher levels of mathematics and science learning for all American students; common standards in math and science that are fewer, clearer, and higher, coupled with aligned assessments; improved teaching and professional learning, supported by better school and system management; and new designs for schools and systems to deliver math and science learning more effectively.
The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) promotes high educational standards and effective workforce training systems so that they are aligned with each other and with today’s rigorous business demands. The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.