The U.S. Department of Education recommended PLTW as an exemplary program in 2004 for: (i) integrating rigorous and relevant STEM curricula and professional development; and (ii) improving student achievement in mathematics, science and English language arts.
The National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine recognized PLTW in a 2005 report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Engaging and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, as a model for its recommendation of creating “K-12 curriculum materials based on world-class standards.”
Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton introduced PLTW to her fellow Senators in a 2005 letter where she described PLTW as a “promising program that is both changing the lives of middle and high school students nationwide and helping to build a workforce that meets the needs of the 21st century.”
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA), the premier trade associations representing the nation’s major aerospace and defense manufacturers, officially endorsed PLTW in 2006.