Other math and science programs ExxonMobil supports the efforts of local educators in 45 states who, along with community and business leaders, have come together to develop voluntary, rigorous Common Core State Standards in math and English. Common Core State Standards For the US to remain competitive globally, we must ensure all children, no matter where they live, are provided the best education possible and are prepared to go to work or college when they finish high school. The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. The Common Core State Standards are anchored by requirements for college and career success, providing a more accurate and rigorous description of academic readiness. In Mathematics, the standards lay a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals. Taken together, these elements support a student’s ability to learn and apply more demanding math concepts and procedures. The middle school and high school standards call on students to practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges; they prepare students to think and reason mathematically. Because of the type of writing needed in the workplace and college, the English Language Arts Standards put a greater emphasis on writing arguments. And because college and career readiness focuses on complex texts outside of literature, the standards also ensure students are reading, writing, and researching in history and science, in addition to literature. Evidence shows that the complexity of texts students are required to read in school today does not match what is demanded in college and the workplace, creating a gap between what high school students can do and what they need to be able to do. They create a staircase of increasing text complexity so that students are expected to develop their skills and apply them to more and more complex texts. In our 21st Century economy, a quality education for all children is necessary to prepare them to prosper in work and life. Introduce a Girl to Engineering ExxonMobil annually hosts “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” events at company sites across the country with activities designed to encourage careers in engineering. The program seeks to promote curiosity among middle school students, and particularly help shrink the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. For more than a decade, hundreds of company employees have helped demonstrate to more than 4,000 students that engineering careers are not only exciting, rewarding and diverse, but also offer the power to make a difference in society. Junior Achievement ExxonMobil provides grants to local, regional, national and international Junior Achievement organizations that educate and inspire young people to understand business and economics, while also preparing them to enter the workforce. In addition, trained ExxonMobil employee volunteers lead specific lesson plans at schools of their choice. Junior Achievement has added a science and math component to the Junior Achievement curriculum. National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) NACME, founded more than 30 years ago, and supported by corporations, has the goal of leading the effort to increase the representation of minority men and women in engineering and related careers. Block grants for scholarships are awarded to universities that have a track record and a focus to increase the number of minority engineering graduates. In addition, NACME is helping establish engineering academics in more than 100 inner city high schools. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) ExxonMobil has provided NSTA with a $2 million grant in support of their National Learning Center. Through this initiative, ExxonMobil and NSTA will provide a new online professional development program to upper elementary and middle school teachers in selected school districts. Outreach programs ExxonMobil provides funds to selected organizations and universities that seek to improve the career opportunities of women and minorities, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For example, ExxonMobil contributes to Society of Women Engineers programs that strive to attract women to engineering and technical professions. Other organizations funded by ExxonMobil include the National Society of Black Engineers, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. Science Ambassador Program ExxonMobil employees participate in an in-class volunteer program focused on education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics targeted at middle school students. SECME, Inc. SECME is a strategic alliance that partners schools, universities, industry and government to renew and strengthen the professional capacity of K-12 educators; motivate and mentor students; and, empower parents and communities to prepare minority youth for careers in the math, science, engineering and technology fields. ExxonMobil’s support of SECME directly aids several initiatives including the Summer Institute for Teachers. Society of Women Engineers (SWE) ExxonMobil’s contribution to SWE is used to support outreach programs to attract young women to the fields of engineering. As a longstanding partner of SWE, ExxonMobil supports Invent It. Build It., a hands-on engineering program for middle school girls, specifically Girl Scouts. Held annually during SWE’s national conference, the program introduces girls to the benefits of STEM careers through interactive challenges coordinated by PBS’ Design Squad Nation, engaging presentations from industry leaders and a parallel initiative for parents and educators.