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2000 Biennial Report to the US Congress


NSF's Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) has published the 2000 Biennial Report to the US Congress. Several years ago, NSF stated that every NSF proposal application for K-12 education must in some way directly address the needs of under-represented groups (women and minorities) in science and math education. This report may help PI/PDs preparing proposals to NSF as it contains data on a number of topics (pages 1-13 are relevant to K-12 education). These topics include: why we need to invest in a diverse workforce; student attitudes towards math and science; NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) and TIMSS (Third International Mathematics and Science Study) results; course enrollments; career aspirations; ways in which minority students lag behind white students; ways in which male and female career aspirations differ; student patterns in AP exams and college entrance exams; and issues in assessing persons with disabilities.

The report states that: a culturally diverse workforce creates a competitive advantage; our national advantage will suffer from a lack of diversity in the workforce; and we need strategies for establishing parity in the domestic science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) workforce.