Friday, May 25, 2012

USA fails to make progress in STEM education

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education
The recent annual "Condition of Education" report stated that there has been a marked increase over the last two decades in the percent of high school graduates who had taken calculus, from 7 percent in 1990 to 16 percent in 2009. 

However, there is a sharp drop in the number of students interested in pursuing science and mathematics once they completed their requirements.

Despite many costly education reforms (such as "No Child Left Behind" and "Race to the Top"), current high school students perform the same on a national math and reading assessment than they did in the early 1970s.

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