ERIC Number: ED359070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education in Nevada: School Year 1989-90.
Smith, David Lawson; Carpenter, John N.
This study is the first in a series of reports on the findings of a cooperative effort between the Nevada Department of Education and the Council of Chief State School Officers to implement a system of indicators of progress in math and science education. Achievement information from the Nevada Proficiency Examination Program is also included. The report provides three categories of indicators derived from various sources. First, student achievement indicators were taken from the 1989-90 school year results of the statewide assessment program that examined mathematics achievement of all third, sixth, and ninth grade students in Nevada. Second, instruction time and student participation in science and mathematics courses were examined. Third, indicators of teacher characteristics and preparation in math and science were derived from results of the Schools and Staffing Survey. A summary of results indicates that Nevada students perform, on the average, above national norms in mathematics at grades three, six, and nine. The amount of time spent on mathematics in Nevada's elementary schools and Nevada's eighth grade enrollments in algebra compares well with other states studied. Three concerns regarding mathematics and science education were raised: (1) effective means of encouraging students to take mathematics and science upper level courses must be established; (2) female students should be encouraged to participate in upper level mathematics and science courses, and qualified minority and female mathematics and science teachers should be recruited; and (3) attention should be directed toward the high number of mathematics teachers teaching without certification in mathematics. (MDH)
Descriptors: Class Size, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Equal Education, High School Students, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Science Achievement, Science Education, Science Teachers, Sex Differences, Student Evaluation, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Supply and Demand
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City.