CTEq History

In 2009, President Obama issued a call to strengthen America's role as the world's engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation.  “Leadership tomorrow,” he said, “depends on how we educate our students today, especially in those fields that hold the promise of producing future innovations and innovators.  And that's why education in math and science is so important.”

On September 16, 2010, more than 100 U.S. CEOs launched Change the Equation at the White House as a nonprofit, non-partisan coalition committed to improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning for every child. Read the press release.

CTEq’s first Board of Directors was composed of:

  • Craig Barrett, retired Chairman and CEO, Intel Corporation;  
  • Glenn Britt, Chairman and CEO, Time Warner Cable;
  • Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO, Xerox;
  • Antonio Perez, Chairman and CEO, Eastman Kodak Company;
  • Sally Ride, President and CEO, Sally Ride Science; and
  • Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, ExxonMobil.

They envisioned a national network channeling the unique resources of companies toward improving the quality of STEM learning for all young people..

In its first three years, CTEq developed resources for its members to deepen their impact in advocacy, philanthropy, and inspiring young people around STEM. 

  • Released and regularly updated Vital Signs reports on the condition of STEM learning in every state and the District of Columbia providing the most comprehensive data to illuminate strategies that help advance state STEM agendas.
  • Launched STEMworks database of effective STEM programs that meet an independent evaluation against CTEq’s Design Principles and Rubric.  Four STEMworks programs have been identified as most ready to have a large impact at a national scale.
  • Launched iON Future, an online suite of games targeted to middle-high school aged youth enabling STEM career exploration based on individual interests. 
  • Partnered with Roadtrip Nation to create inspiring interviews of STEM professionals from our coalition of member companies.
  • Disseminated its Work-Based Learning Guide, a resource offering companies information on optimal ways to share STEM outreach planning and expertise to all member companies and the CTEq network.