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A Case for More Reading, Math and Science
The Erikson Institute and a group of educators in a 2012 case study for more rigorous instruction to close the achievement gap confirmed the need to improve academic performance beginning in the early years. In fact, a wealth of research indicates that children’s early cognitive development is strongly related to their academic achievement in school, and academic achievement in kindergarten through third grade is a predictor of high school graduation. Looking at third grade achievement by race, 14% of white students, 39% of Latino students, and 42% of black students do not meet reading standards, and 6%, 19%, and 28%, respectively, do not meet math standards. Considering these statistics, it is not surprising that 42% of Chicago students do not graduate from high school, with 33% of white students, 37% of Latino students, and 47% of black students not graduating.
Further, the U.S. Department of Labor shows that 15 of the 20 fastest growing occupations require significant science or mathematics training to successfully compete for a job. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, professional information technology (IT) jobs will increase 24% by 2016. However, as jobs requiring a solid background in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are growing – more students are choosing not to major in these areas as follows:
- Enrollment in undergraduate degree programs in computer sciences is more than 50 percent lower than it was five years ago.
- Only 8% of all degrees awarded in the U.S. were in engineering, mathematics or the physical sciences.
- The US ranks 20th internationally based on our share of graduate degrees awarded in engineering, computer science, and mathematics.
- More than 90 percent of all scientists and engineers live in Asia.
If students continue to pursue degrees and careers in fields other than STEM related areas, the U.S. will find it difficult to compete in the global economy. Further, the U.S. will not be able to meet its future workforce needs of 400,000 new graduates in STEM fields by 2015.
National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering.
Goddard Space Flight Center Education Programs
These education programs are designed to increase the application of STEM skills and familiarize students with STEM careers.
SISTER - Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research
The Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland offers a five day summer institute for the purpose of providing opportunities for middle school girls to explore
non-traditional career fields with research scientists, mathematicians and engineers.
The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science
The Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists offers a paid pre-service summer internship program for students who have decided on a teaching career in mathematics or science.