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The Mathematics Education Portfolio Brief (NSF-05-03)


NSF has released a long-anticipated white paper entitled "The Mathematics Education Portfolio Brief" (NSF - 05-03) which presents the results of an innovative "portfolio review" of NSF's endeavors to increase mathematics proficiency at the K-12 level.

The report begins:

"Since the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) initiated the standards movement in mathematics in the late 1980s, issues in mathematics education have become increasingly public and often controversial as academics, K-12 educators, parents, and business leaders have involved themselves in efforts to improve the mathematical proficiency of U.S. students. Because the National Science Foundation (NSF) has committed to improving education and, indeed, has invested heavily in mathematics education over several years, it is a good time to take stock of the nature and impacts of NSF's investments in mathematics education."