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The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy

Published: June 2009

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

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

View Report (76 pages; 5.46MB; PDF)

Area of Focus: Digital Learning; Educational Standards


In 2007, Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Institute for Advanced Study created a Commission to assess the current state of math and science education in the U.S. and develop recommendations for its improvement. The report calls upon local, state and federal governments, individuals and scholars to demand improved math and science education.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

+ Students are much more likely to associate positive attributes with successful math and science students.

= When students discussed their career ambitions, many did not connect their aspirations with required high school math and science coursework, suggesting a need to help students see the relevance of upper-level math and science coursework.

= U.S. math and science education must: achieve higher levels of learning for all students; establish common standards that are fewer, clearer, and higher and that guide instructional improvement; increase the supply of well-prepared teachers at all grade levels by improving teacher preparation and recruitment; and build high expectations for student achievement into school culture and operations as a pathway to college and careers.

Geographic Focus: National

Subject/Keywords: Education standards, teacher quality, accountability, achievement gap

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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