[caption id="attachment_109016" align="alignleft" width="215"] Different state standards lead to varying degrees of science preparation.[/caption]

A series of reports found that K-12 students in many states spend less time learning science and don't have access to rigorous science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses—and that many states have low benchmarks for eighth-grade science proficiency.

The reports come from Change the Equation (CTEq), a CEO-led effort to improve STEM education launched by the Obama administration as part of its "Educate to Innovate" initiative. They examine student performance, access to educational opportunities,...

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