Highlights progress on a 2009 report's call to mobilize for innovative, accountable math and science education for all; establish clear standards and effective assessments; improve teacher supply and leadership; and enhance school and system design.
- Observation: The nation has not yet achieved the goal of excellent, equitable STEM education for all students but is measurably closer than two years ago.
- Observation: Commitment to STEM learning is on the rise as evidenced by federal leadership, corporate involvement, state mobilization, and nonprofit innovation.
- Observation: Next generation science standards are currently under development and will be an important complement to Common Core standards in Math and English language arts.
- Observation: Despite the tightening of the teacher workforce, the nation needs more excellent STEM teachers, and teacher preparation programs, both alternative and university-based, must continue to innovate to attract talented candidates and prepare them to succeed in the classroom.
- Observation: The nation must learn to "do school differently," moving away from the industrial model of schooling of the past and adopting a more flexible and accountable approach.