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Press Release 06-034

Science Leaders Cite a "Changed World" in Call for Bold Efforts to Improve K-12 Science and Mathematics Education

Advisors worry students will not be prepared to help U.S. keep its competitive edge

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<i>Science and Engineering Indicators 2006.</i>

Science and Engineering Indicators 2006.

Credit: National Science Board

 

America's Pressing Challenge - Building a Stronger Foundation

America's Pressing Challenge - Building a Stronger Foundation.

Credit: National Science Board

 

Bar chart of long-term NAEP Science Scores

Report of the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) 2005.

Credit: Adam Ross, National Science Foundation, using information from the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Graph comparing high technology share of total manufacturing by country and region from 1990-2003

By percentage, where the world's high-technology manufacturing is located. EU-15 is the European Union. Asia-8 includes South Korea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillipines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

Credit: Adam Ross, National Science Foundation, using information from Science and Engineering Indicators 2006 (overview chapter)

 

Chart comparing test scores for science.

Scores for the 2003 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests, which measured students' ability to apply scientific and mathematical concepts and skills. The test was administered to U.S. 15-year-olds. U.S. students scored below the international average.

Credit: Adam Ross, National Science Foundation, using information from the 2003 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)

 

Chart comparing test scores for math.

Scores for the 2003 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests, which measured students' ability to apply scientific and mathematical concepts and skills. The test was administered to U.S. 15-year-olds. U.S. students scored below the international average.

Credit: Adam Ross, National Science Foundation, using information from the 2003 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)

 

Chart comparing first degrees in natural sciences and engineering.

The U.S. percentage of the total number of first degrees in natural science and engineering (NS&E), relative to other countries. NS&E does not include the social sciences.

Credit: Adam Ross, National Science Foundation, using information from the 2003 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)