**ERIC Number:**ED186265

**Record Type:**RIE

**Publication Date:**1980

**Pages:**30

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An Agenda for Action: Recommendations for School Mathematics of the 1980s.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.

Eight recommendations for school mathematics in the 1980s are given. These are based partially on results from mathematical assessments and other studies, and are intended to launch a decade of action in mathematics education. For each of the following recommendations, the document includes a short commentary and a series of recommended actions to be taken: (1) problem solving should be the focus of school mathematics in the 1980s; (2) basic skills in mathematics should be defined to encompass more than computational facility; (3) mathematics programs should take full advantage of the power of calculators and computers at all grade levels; (4) stringent standards of both effectiveness and efficiency should be applied to the teaching of mathematics; (5) the success of mathematics programs and student learning should be evaluated by a wider range of measures than conventional testing; (6) more mathematics should be required for all students and a flexible curriculum with a greater range of options should be designed to accommodate the diverse need of the student population; (7) mathematics teachers should demand of themselves and their colleagues a high level of professionalism; and (8) public support for mathematics instruction should be raised to a level commensurate with the importance of mathematical understanding to individuals and society. (MK)

Descriptors: Basic Skills, Calculators, Computers, Core Curriculum, Educational Technology, Elective Courses, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Public Support, Standards, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Testing

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 ($1.00).

**Publication Type:**Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers

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**Language:**English

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**Authoring Institution:**National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.