Nearly 40 percent of U.S. high school students do not take any science class more challenging than general biology. Source: Math and Science Education in a Global Age: What the U.S. Can Learn from China, Asia Society, 2006.
Fifty-five percent of students do not take any math courses beyond two years of algebra and one year of geometry. Source: National Center for Education Statistics 2004 - quoted in Math and Science Education in a Global Age: What the U.S. Can Learn from China, Asia Society, 2006.
Close to half of American students who enter college need remedial courses. Source: "At 2-Year Colleges, Students Eager but Unready," New York Times, 9/1/06.
Seventy percent of high school parents in America think their children's schools teach the right amount of math and science, whil 79 percent of high school principals aren't worried about low academic standards.Source: Reality Check 2006, A Report from Education Insights at Public Agenda - www.publicagenda.org
Over 90 percent of students in grades 5-9 are taught physical science by a teacher lacking major or certification in the area.Source: National Academy of Sciences, Rising Above The Gathering Storm, 2005.
Only 48 percent of eighth grade math teachers have a degree in math.Source: National Commission On Mathematics And Science Teaching For The 21st Century, Before It's Too Late, September 2000.
In 2003, U.S. 15-year-olds ranked 24th out of 29 developed countries in mathematics. Source: Organization For Economic Cooperation And Development (OECD), Pisa 2003 Results and data available at wwwoecd.org.
By the 12th grade, only 3 percent of African Americans are proficient in mathematics...compared to 4 percent of Hispanics...10 percent of Native Americans...20 percent of whites...and 34 percent of Asian Americans. Source: Competitiveness Index, "Where America Stands," November 14, 2006.
The average U.S. student spends about 900 hours in the classroom and 1,500 in front of the TV each year. Source: Center for Screen Time Awareness.
Only five percent of American students have more than two hours of homework per night. Source: The Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brookings Institution.
Nearly 60 percent of engineering PhD degrees awarded annually in the U.S. are earned by foreign nationals. Source: Where The Engineers Are, Vivek Wadhwa, 2007.
Indians have founded more engineering and technology companies in the U.S. during the past decade than immigrants from Britain, China, Taiwan and Japan combined. Source: Where The Engineers Are, Vivek Wadhwa, 2007.