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Mathematics & Science Education Task Force Executive Summary, 2006

Publication dateJanuary 2006
publication pdfMathematics & Science Education Task Force Executive Summary, 2006
KeywordsMath & Science

The CCSSO Mathematics and Science Education Task Force convened to address a common set of concerns regarding the condition of mathematics and science education in the United States. The
performance level of United States students on international assessments is substantially below that of students in many other nations. One-third of our high school graduates are not prepared to enter
postsecondary education or the workforce. The number of U.S. students graduating from advanced degree programs in mathematics and science continues to decline, and the majority of our graduate students in these subjects come from countries outside of the United States. Directly related to student performance is teacher quality.  While it is often the case that circumstances compel school administrators to assign inadequately prepared teachers to teach mathematics or science, it is also true that many teacher training programs-particularly elementary education programs-do not require prospective teachers to take challenging coursework in mathematics and science content and pedagogy or coursework commensurate with the level of instruction to be taught.

Contact:Kimberly  Rhodeskimberlyr@ccsso.org202-312-6865