White House and Carnegie Corporation in Sync on Math and Science Education

In June 2009, Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Institute for Advanced Study issued The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy. The report sounded an urgent call for a national mobilization to "transform mathematics and science education and deliver it equitably and with excellence to all students." It also recommended concrete actions by a range of organizations — from labor and business to federal and state government, schools and colleges, and donors. More than 65 groups affirmed their support.

Related to and building upon the foundation’s Opportunity Equation initiative is the recently announced White House Initiative on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education.  The White House Initiative is comprised of private sector leaders from Xerox, Intel and Time Warner Cable along former astronaut Sally Ride, who will work in conjunction with Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to improve America's students' interest and performance in the STEM disciplines, which are the foundation for innovation.

As part of its own multi-sector effort, Carnegie Corporation pledges to extend the work of the Opportunity Equation (www.OpportunityEquation.org) and apply a strategic focus on STEM learning to all its education grantmaking. The foundation strives to enable all students, including historically underserved populations and immigrants, to achieve academic success and perform with high levels of creative, scientific, and technological knowledge and skill. Current priorities include upgrading the standards and assessments that guide student learning, improving teaching and ensuring that effective teachers are well deployed in our nation's schools, and promoting innovative new school and system designs.