All of California's students deserve the opportunity for a
quality education rich in science, mathematics, and related technologies.
Education in these areas is essential to support the requirements of our
workforce as well as our community and research needs.
California has seen its students fall behind over the years in these areas in
relation to their peers around the world. At the same time, there has been a
growing shortage of qualified teachers with the appropriate background and
training to address these educational deficiencies.
Responding to these challenges, the state must embrace modern practices that
maximize the ability of children to learn and teachers to teach. A failure to
take remedial action would leave California's educational system without
sufficient tools to educate our children so they may be competitive in an
increasingly global market.
The time has come for businesses and professionals to gather together and
marshal resources with the objective of using all tools at our disposal to
improve our approach and methods in teacher preparation and student performance
in mathematics and science in California.
Business for Science, Math, and Related
Technologies Education (BSMARTE) was founded in 2004 to bring together
businesses that are committed to high-quality math and science education with
the educators and nationally recognized organizations that share similar goals.
The combined purpose is to promote participation in the state's
education-related decision-making and positively impact California's public
To accomplish these important goals, BSMARTE educates policymakers and recruits
new member companies to participate in the organization's activities. BSMARTE
actively participates with the Governor, the Superintendent of Public
Instruction and the Department of Education, the Secretary of Education, the
Legislature, the State Board of Education, and the Curriculum Commission in
formal and informal proceedings and public policy debates. Efforts involve
rationalizing and coordinating strategies to use educational services and
technologies related to mathematics and science, and to bring the expertise of
California's business community to this work.
These efforts will lead to increased opportunities and achievement among
California's students and will provide a better foundation for the future of our