Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Education: Status and Issues [April 23, 2007]   [open pdf - 173KB]

"An important aspect of U.S. efforts to maintain and improve economic competitiveness is the existence of a capable scientific and technological workforce. A major concern of the 110th Congress may be regarding the future ability of the U.S. science and engineering base to generate the technological advances needed to maintain economic growth. Discussions have centered on the quality of science and mathematics education and training and on the scientific knowledge of those students entering other disciplines. Even students pursuing nonscientific and nonmathematical specialities are likely to require basic knowledge of scientific and technological applications for effective participation in the workforce. Charges are being made that many students complete high school scientifically and technologically illiterate. […] Several pieces of competitiveness legislation have been introduced in the 110th Congress to address the reported needs in science and mathematics education. H.R. 362 authorizes science scholarships for educating science and mathematics teachers. H.R. 363 provides funding for graduate fellowships and for basic research and research infrastructure in science and engineering. S. 761 is directed at increasing research investment, strengthening and expanding science and mathematics programs at all points on the educational pipeline, and developing an innovation infrastructure. This report will be updated as events warrant."

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