Graph of the Day for October 25, 2009

"The sharp falloff in mathematics achievement in the U.S. begins as students reach late middle school, where, for more and more students, algebra course work begins.  Students who complete Algebra II are more than twice as likely to graduate from college compared to students with less mathematical preparation."

The National Mathematics Advisory Panel, appointed by President Bush in 2006.

Share of Doctorates Awarded by US Institutions to Non-US Citizens

Source:  National Science Foundation

Hoven's Index for October 25, 2009

Rank of US 15-year-olds in science literacy, among 30 OECD countries:  21.

In mathematics literacy:  25.

Source:  US Dept. of Education, 2006 PISA results.    

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