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Media Advisory 05-025

Hearings To Be Held on Charge for National Science Board Commission on Education

First hearing on Dec. 7 will begin effort to turn ideas into action

December 2, 2005

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In response to a request from Congress, the National Science Board will hold on Dec. 7 the first of three hearings across the country to consider the charge for a new National Science Board Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Mathematics and Technology.

The Dec. 7 hearing will be held at the Cannon House Office Building in Room 210 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Since the Board's 1982-1983 Commission on Precollege Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, many eminent bodies have identified the same problems in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and offered similar strategies to address them (see examples below). Yet, in spite of a growing national consensus on the critical nature of these problems, little progress has been made toward implementing ideas that have been put forward.

The Board will explore with a broad-based panel, representing stakeholder organizations and groups, how we as a nation can go from generating ideas to implementing solutions to the critical weaknesses in STEM education.

The hearings are open to the public. VideoWeb cast at will be available at

An audio cast will be available at

The hearing agenda and list of participants is available at


The National Science Board is an independent policy body established by Congress in 1950 with the dual responsibilities to establish policies for the National Science Foundation and serve as an independent national science policy body that provides advice to the President and the Congress on policy issues related to science and engineering that have been identified by the President, Congress or the Board itself.

Reports on STEM education:

National Academies' Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future,

Council on Competitiveness' Building Science and Engineering Talent (BEST) reports:

National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, Before It's Too Late (,

NSB, Preparing Our Children

Program Contacts
Jean Pomeroy, National Science Board, (703) 292-7000, email:
Clara Englert, National Science Board, (703) 292-7000, email:

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