[caption id="attachment_53287" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="President Obama launched several new initiatives in 2010 aimed at improving STEM education."][/caption]

Results from the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment, released in late 2010, showed the United States continuing to fare in the middle of the pack in terms of math and science achievement; U.S. students ranked 25th out of 65 industrialized countries in average math scores on the exam, and 17th in science.

But even before the new PISA figures came out, federal officials had ramped up their efforts to boost...

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