Press Releases 2015

Change the Equation Member Companies Pledge 25% Increase in Skills-Based Volunteering by STEM Professionals

Today, at the White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools, Change the Equation announced that 13 of its member companies are committing to a collective 14,000 days of skills-based volunteering in 2016. The significant increase in volunteer hours by STEM professionals will be spread among in-school and out-of-school programs, to inspire and inform young people about the wonders of STEM careers.

Nation’s Report Card Results Discouraging, But Reinforce Critical Need to Invest in What’s Working

he Nation’s Report Card: 2015 Mathematics and Reading released today by The National Assessment Governing Board reports that national average mathematics scores have decreased for fourth- and eighth-grade students since 2013. Change the Equation recognizes these discouraging results as a clarion call to redouble the nation’s efforts to give every young person access to excellent STEM education opportunities. History proves real improvement is possible: math scores rose dramatically for more than 20 years and then plateaued before the most recent decline. With the business community’s leadership, the nation can restore its upward momentum.

Change the Equation Board of Directors Welcomes CA Technologies CEO Mike Gregoire

Change the Equation (CTEq), a national coalition of CEOs committed to improving STEM education for all young people in the U.S., announced that CA Technologies CEO Mike Gregoire has accepted a position on its board of directors. Gregoire joins current board member CEOs from DuPont, Freeport-McMoRan, and Xerox, and retired CEO/Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation.

New Report from Change the Equation Finds American Millennials Lack Tech Savvy; Stresses the Value of K-12 Technology Literacy

Despite their presumed tech-savvy, the majority of American millennials struggle to use technology to solve problems at work and at home, according to a new report released today by Change the Equation. The report, Does Not Compute: The High Cost of Low Technology Skills in the U.S.—and What We Can Do About It, is an original analysis of the 2012 Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which tests the key cognitive and workplace skills needed to participate in society.

Change the Equation Launches Start with STEM, Nationwide Campaign to Support the Expansion of Highest Quality K-12 STEM Education Programs

Timed with today’s White House Science Fair, Change the Equation has launched a nationwide campaign called Start with STEM, to drive corporate dollars and volunteerism to the nation’s highest quality K-12 STEM programs and schools. The campaign is directly tied to CTEq’s ambitious 2015 goal for Corporate America to reach 1.5 million new students through these STEM education programs, as described earlier today in an official White House statement.