U.S. ramps up efforts to improve STEM education

Many of the recommendations in the report can be carried out with existing federal funding of current programs, the report concludes, although new authorizations might be required in certain cases.

The report does not attempt to conduct a detailed budgetary analysis; instead, it offers an array of choices for the president to consider. Fully funding all of the recommendations could require investments of approximately $1 billion per year, according to PCAST—much of which, the report notes, could come from private foundations and corporations, as well as from states and districts.

“Getting America back to the top of the pack in math and science achievement is going to require everyone’s involvement. The federal government has a critical role to play, especially through a partnership between the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation,” said Eric Lander, president of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., and a co-chair of PCAST. “The recommendations in this report have great catalytic potential and, if implemented, could transform STEM education in America.”


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