AMERICAN
COMPETITIVENESS
INITIATIVE
U.S. Department of Education
AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS INITIATIVE
Commit $5.9 billion in FY 2007, and
more than $136 billion over the next 10
years.
Designed to improve learning and
instruction in mathematics and science.
AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS INITIATIVE
Initiative Components
National Math Panel
Similar to the National Reading Panel
Convene experts to evaluate the effectiveness of various
approaches to teach mathematics.
Create a research base to improve instructional methods.
Lay groundwork for Math Now program.
Math Now for Elementary School Students
Similar to Reading First in Design
Promote research-based practices in mathematics instruction.
Prepare students for rigorous course work in middle and high
school. (Algebra by 8th grade)
AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS INITIATIVE
Initiative Components
Math Now for Middle Schools Students
Similar to Striving Readers Initiative
Develop a systematic way to diagnose students’ deficiencies in
mathematics in order to enable them to take and pass Algebra.
AP/IB Incentive Program
Train 70,000 teachers to lead AP/IB math and science courses.
Increase student participation to 1.5 million over 5 years.
Triple the number of passing test-takers to approximately
700,000.
AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS INITIATIVE
Initiative Components
Evaluation of federal STEM programs
Evaluate federal programs to determine which are most effective and
make the most use of taxpayer funds.
Align all math and science federal programs to support the goals and
aim of NCLB.
Including Science Assessments in NCLB
NCLB requires every state to develop and administer science
assessments once in each grade span by the 2007-2008 school year.
Include these assessments in the accountability system.
AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS INITIATIVE
Initiative Components
•Adjunct Teacher Corp
$25 million FY’ 2007 request for competitive grants.
Encourage 30,000 qualified math and science professional to
become adjunct high school teachers by 2015.
Draw on skills of well-qualified individuals with subject –
matter expertise to meet specialized teaching needs in the
nation’s secondary schools.
Partnerships of LEAs or States (or to LEAs and appropriate
public or private institutions).
Adjunct teachers might teach one or more courses on a parttime basis, teach full-time while on leave from jobs, or on-line
or through other distance learning arrangements.
AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS INITIATIVE
Current Programs and Initiatives
Deficit Reduction Act
Signed into law February 8, 2006
Funding Academic Competitiveness grants for low-income first-year
college students who completed a rigorous high school curriculum.
$750 for the first year
$1,300 to second year students who completed a rigorous program
and maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in college.
SMART Grants for college juniors and seniors studying math, science,
or a critical need foreign language.
Teacher Loan Forgiveness program
Offers up to $17,500 (up from $5,000) in loan forgiveness for qualified
math, science and special education teachers serving in challenging, lowincome schools and communities.
AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS INITIATIVE
Current Programs and Initiatives
Mathematics and Science Partnership program
A formula grants program to the states designed to support professional development programs in
mathematics and science for elementary and secondary teachers
Designed to improve the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by providing
teachers with quality and ongoing professional development opportunities.
Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
(STEM) faculty in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts.
Funding
2002: $12.5 million
2003: $100 million
2004: 150 million
2005: $180 million
2006: $182 million
AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS INITIATIVE
Additional Initiatives
•High School Reform Initiative
•Provide targeted interventions to improve the performance
of at risk students.
•Expand high school assessment to help increase
accountability and meet the needs of at-risk students.
•National Language Security Initiative
•Address the shortage of people who speak languages critical
to national security.
•Encourage earlier and stronger course work in foreign
language.
AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS INITIATIVE
Additional Questions
Pat O’Connell Ross
[email protected]
202-260-7813
Web Sites for Additional Information
www.ed.gov
www.Whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006
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