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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are critical to our economy, our national security, and our global leadership in innovation and research. Our key resource lies in students with mathematical and scientific promise, those with potential to become leaders in STEM fields. This includes students who traditionally have been identified as gifted, talented, bright or precocious in mathematics or science as well as those students with potential who may have missed out on the rich opportunities that have accompanied this recognition. Many of our students with the greatest aptitude are underachieving, languishing in repetitive, unchallenging classes. As with all students, these special needs students deserve a learning environment that lifts the ceiling to currently unknown heights and allows them to make continuous progress throughout their academic careers. In this competitive, technological world, we cannot afford to waste the talents of students with the greatest potential to lead us to creative and productive futures in mathematics, science, technology, and engineering.

STEM Executive Summary (approved March 2009) -- double-click to open PDF

STEM White Paper (approved November 2008) -- double-click to open PDF