2008 – TIMSS
To gauge how U.S. elementary and middle school students compare with other students in math and science, the results of a test administered by the U.S. Department of Education, known as Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) provide a standardized global measure. The most recent test was administered in 2007.
2008 – NAEP
Starting at the 4th grade level, only 39% of students tested proficient or higher in mathematics in 2007, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card. . .
2008 – Top-level Trends
“Many young people today with a technical bent are more entranced with the Internet or biotechnology than space exploration. Space travel, after all, was a fascination of their parents’ generation,” noted a February 2003 Wall Street Journal article on recruiting challenges confronting NASA.
2008 – Education – Snapshot
With its many education-dependent career tracks, the space industry is an end user of America’s K-12 system. The problem is that the U.S. education system is not producing students in quantity and at a level of achievement to be globally competitive. Reforms such as the No Child Left Behind Act are important initiatives for the nation’s school children but, to date, have produced improvements that fall short of space industry needs.
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