Project Lead the Way in Indiana

Monday, August 06, 2007

In North Central Indiana, we are promoting Project Lead the Way as a strategy to accelerate pre-engineering education at our high schools. Read more.

As one of the first generation WIRED regions, we are developing new initiatives to confront a major challenge: our relative weakness in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

In 1995, the first Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) reported alarming data regarding American student achievement in mathematics and science.

American twelfth-graders ranked behind comparable students from 17 other countries out of 21 countries in the study. Of the 16 of those countries that participated in an analysis of achievement in physics, the United States ranked last. Follow-up TIMSS studies and OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) studies have confirmed that American students are behind their peers from many other industrialized nations.

For example, in the comprehensive 2003 PISA study, the United States ranked 28th out of 40 countries in mathematics achievement of 15-year-old students.

Several recent reports have concluded that improving the math and science achievement of American students is critical to the vision of a competitive America continuing to lead the world in technology and innovation.

In particular, the National Academies 2007 report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, identifies improving K–12 science and mathematics education.

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