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Recent State STEM Initiatives MS Word PDF - The increasingly globalized economy means that the United States is facing more competition as other nations increase their skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, areas key to success in a high-tech world. Many state leaders, perceiving the importance of improved STEM education to their economies, have recently begun to take action. This ECS StateNote provides examples of action that 17 states have taken recently that explicitly include all of the STEM subjects in one initiative. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, Updated March 2007)...

U.S. Math Performance in Global Perspective: How Well Does Each State Do at Producing High-Achieving Students - Maintaining our innovative edge in the world depends on developing a highly qualified cadre of scientists and engineers. To realize that objective requires a system of schooling that produces students with advanced math and science skills. To gauge, U.S. students in the class of 2009 in each of the states and in 10 urban districts were compared to the percentages of high achievers in 56 other countries. Unfortunately, the U.S. students fell well below that of most countries with which the U.S. generally compares itself. (Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance, Winter 2010)...

Missouri Job Vacancy Survey—Mathematics, Engineering, Technology, Science Occupations - The Missouri Job Vacancy survey provides yearly information about the quantity and quality of job vacancies in the state, along with an analysis of wages and benefits offered, education and experience requirements, and skill gaps of recent applicants. The data relating to occupations in METS (mathematics, engineering, technology and science) reveal that 81% of single-discipline METS vacancies were in engineering or computer science and almost half of respondent employers had some or great difficulty in filling those jobs. Not only is the survey a tool for job seekers, but its proponents claim it is a tremendous layoff aversion tool as well. (Missouri Department of Economic Development, July 2008)...

Indiana's Mathematics and Science Performance: Do We Measure Up? - This report describes how Indiana performs as a whole in the areas of mathematics and science, examines Indiana’s academic progress in these subject areas compared to neighboring Midwestern states and nationally and explores how Indiana compares on an international level. (Rosanne Chien, Terry Spradlin and Jonathan Plucker, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Fall 2007)...

Patterns of International Collaboration for the UK and Leading Partners - International research collaboration is a rapidly growing component of core research activity for all countries. It is driven by a consonance between top-down and bottom-up objectives. Collaboration is encouraged at a policy level because it provides access to a wider range of facilities and resources. It enables researchers to participate in networks of cutting-edge and innovative activity. For researchers, collaboration provides opportunities to move further and faster by working with other leading people in their field. It is therefore unsurprising that collaborative research is also identified as contributing to some of the highest impact activity. This report examines instances of research collaboration in nine countries in seven research fields during two time periods: 1996-2000 and 2001-05. (Jonathan Adams, Karen Gurney and Stuart Marshall, The UK Office of Science and Innovation, June 2007)...


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