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Growing Opportunity: A Two-Year Update on The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy

Published: September 2011

Publisher(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York - IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

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The Opportunity Equation

Area of Focus: STEM; Educational Standards


The report covers progress on a 2009 call to action to improve STEM learning in the areas of excellence and equity, standards and assessments, teaching and leadership, and school and system design. The report reviews major developments in each of the four areas and highlights priorities for the future.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

=The nation has not yet achieved the goal of excellent, equitable STEM education for all students but is measurably closer than two years ago.

=Commitment to STEM learning is on the rise as evidenced by federal leadership, corporate involvement, state mobilization, and nonprofit innovation.

=Next generation science standards are currently under development and will be an important complement to Common Core standards in Math and English language arts.

=Despite the tightening of the teacher workforce, the nation needs more excellent STEM teachers, and teacher preparation programs, both alternative and university-based, must continue to innovate to attract talented candidates and prepare them to succeed in the classroom.

=The nation must learn to “do school differently,” moving away from the industrial model of schooling of the past and adopting a more flexible and accountable approach.

Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: Reform; Standards; STEM; Teacher Preparation

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