"In the last decade, many reports have come out decrying the poor quality of education i the United States and claiming that many American students are not graduating from high schools with the skills needed to compete in an international market.
Throughout the country, many high schools have responded to these criticisms by increasing the rigor of their instructional programs, frequently by introducing more Advanced Placement (AP) courses and encouraging more students to take the AP examinations offered by the Educational Testing Service.
"The Federal SBIR program is already contributing significantly to the state's economy. But there's more in it for the state -- if it commits its resources to expanding the program. This report profiles the present program and suggests ways the state can accomplish that expansion. At stake are even more dollars at work in the Maryland economy."
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