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NSTA Express (Week of June 15, 2009)
Carnegie Corporation Issues Report on Transforming Mathematics and Science Education
Excellent mathematics and science learning for all American students will be possible only if we school differently?in ways that place math and science more squarely at the center of the educational enterprise. This is the conclusion of the Carnegie Corporation of New York two year commission study released last week in Washington, DC. The Commission study and subsequent report calls for transformative change and calls on stakeholders to establish new common standards in math and science, improve math and science teaching, and redesign schools to deliver math and science learning more effectively. Speakers at the launch of the report included Arne Duncan, U.S. Education Secretary; Harold Varmus, Chair of the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri and former North Carolina Governor James Hunt; and representatives from AFT, the Gates Foundation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Recommendations made by the Commission include:
- Mobilize the nation to improve math and science education for all students
- Place mathematics and science at the center of school innovation, improvement, and accountability efforts
- Establish common math and science standards that are fewer, clearer, and higher and that stimulate and guide instructional improvement and galvanize the nation to pursue meaningful math and science learning for all Americans.
- Develop sophisticated assessments and accountability mechanisms that, along with common standards, stimulate and guide instructional improvement and innovation in mathematics and science.
- Increase the supply of well prepared teachers of mathematics and science at all grade levels by improving teacher preparation and recruitment.
- Improve professional learning for all teachers, with an eye toward revolutionizing math and science teaching.
- Upgrade human capital management throughout the US schools and school systems toward ensuring an effective teacher for every student, regardless of socio-economic background.
- Build high expectations for student achievement in mathematics and science into school and classroom culture and operations as a pathway to college and careers.
- Enhance systemic capacity to support strong schools and act strategically to turn around or replace ineffective schools.
- Tap a wider array of resources to increase educational assets and expand research and development capacity.
- Read more about the report The Opportunity Equation
- Read the NSTA Reports article
On June 1 state officials from 46 states agreed to move toward uniform standards in math and language arts. Voluntary nationwide standards in science are the next logical step says AAAS CEO Alan Leshner and AAAS Project 2061 Director Jo Ellen Roseman. Read their June 9 op-ed in Houston Chronicle on the need for science standards.
Mobile science labs are an important tool in attracting young people to STEM careers. Read more in the USA Today article "science labs bring tools, inspiration to youngsters" by David Unze.
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