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STEM FACTS

  • 78% of high school graduates did not meet the readiness benchmark levels for one or more entry-level college courses in mathematics, science, reading and English. National Academies report: Rising Above the Gathering Storm, 2007
  • The World Economic Forum ranks the United States 48th in quality of mathematics and science education. World Economic Forum report, 2008
  • 6 million more American youth have dropped out of high school since 2008 and each of these individuals now faces an extraordinarily high prospect of prolonged unemployment. National Academies report: Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited, 2010
  • In 2009, 51% of U.S. patents were awarded to non-U.S. companies. National Academies report: Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited, 2010
  • Federal funding of research in the physical sciences as a fraction of GDP fell by 54% in the 25 years after 1970. The corresponding decline in engineering funding was 51%National Academies report: Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited, 2010
  • The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation ranked the U.S. 6th in global innovation-based competitiveness and 40th in the rate of improvement over the past decade. National Academies report: Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited, 2010

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