ERIC Number: ED359071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Need for Improved Mathematics and Science Education. Policy Brief.
Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.
In response to the need for improved mathematics and science education for all students, the Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE) states have enacted policy initiatives to raise graduation requirements; increase standards for teacher preparation; revise state curriculum guides and frameworks; and develop statewide student assessments. This study examined the effects of these efforts on students' enrollment in advanced classes; mathematics and science achievement; and enrollment and achievement differences by racial/ethnic group and sex. A comparison of course enrollment data indicated that while student enrollment in mathematics and science courses has increased since 1982, less than half of those enrolled were taking upper level courses. Results of the 1990 National Assessment of Educational Progress indicated an upward trend in mathematics and science performance among 9- and 13-year-olds, while 17-year old students performance followed the national pattern. Trends in Academic Progress data indicate an improvement in achievement and enrollment levels of African-American and Hispanic students, but also indicate that differences still exist. Recommendations for reform initiatives are given for teacher training, educational resources, instructional methods, curriculum reform, and enrollment of all students in higher level courses. (MDH)
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Graduation Requirements, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Racial Differences, Science Achievement, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Sex Differences, State Curriculum Guides, Student Evaluation
NEFEC/SERVE, Route 1, Box 8500, Palatka, FL 32177 (Order No. PBIMS: $1).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina