The National Mathematics Advisory Panel was created in April 2006, with the responsibilities of relying upon the “best available scientific evidence” and recommending ways “…to foster greater knowledge of and improved performance in mathematics among American students.” Over a period of 20 months, the Panel received public testimony as a committee of the whole but worked largely in task groups and subcommittees dedicated to major components of the presidential charge.
The final report of the Panel, Foundations for Success, lays out many concrete steps that can be taken now toward significantly improved mathematics education, but it also views them only as a best start in a long process. Included in the report are 45 recommendations that address curricular content, learning processes, teachers and teacher education, instructional practices, instructional material, assessment, and research policies and mechanisms. You can download the full report here.
The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform sent teams to selected Schools to Watch that had seen gains in mathematics achievement to see how these recommendations play out in the classroom.
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