CAN ILLINOIS MEET THE DEMAND FOR STEM SKILLS?
Business leaders in Illinois have sounded an alarm. They cannot find the
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent they need to
stay competitive. Students’ lagging performance in K-12 is a critical reason why.
To address this challenge, Illinois is raising the bar. The state has joined 44 others
in adopting high math standards for K-12 — the Common Core State Standards
— and is working with other states to create rigorous assessments aligned to
those standards. These are promising steps, but the state must do more to
succeed amid profound political, practical and financial challenges. READ MORE