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Education - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - STEM

Education is a core mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF not only promotes research, but also shares in the responsibility for promoting quality math and science education as intertwining objectives at all levels of education across the United States. NSF's highly competitive peer-review process is second to none for openly and objectively identifying, reviewing, selecting, funding and providing stewardship for the very best science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) proposals and programs in research and education.

Science and mathematics competency is becoming ever more essential to individuals and nations in an increasingly global workforce and economy. STEM education is a special challenge for the highly mobile US population, because it demands a sequential, cumulative acquisition of knowledge and skills. To raise US student performance to a world-class level, all components of the US education system must achieve a consensus on a common core of mathematics and science knowledge and skills. These core competencies must be embedded consistently in instructional materials and practices everywhere and at all levels, without precluding locally held prerogatives about the content of curricula.


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nsb07114 National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System
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nsb07122 Moving Forward to Improve Engineering Education
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nsb0442 National Science Board Statement on Math and Science Partnerships
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nsb0441 Broadening Participation in Science and Engineering Faculty
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nsb99149 National Science Board Statement on Action of the Kansas Board of Education on Evolution
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nsb9931a Preparing Our Children: Math and Science Education in the National Interest
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nsb98154 Failing our Children: Implications of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study
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nsb97235 The Federal Role in Science and Engineering Graduate and Postdoctoral Education
nsf92223 In the National Interest The Federal Government and Research-Intensive Universities

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