ERIC Number: ED392633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
State Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education, 1995: State-by-State Trends and New Indicators from the 1993-94 School Year.
Blank, Rolf K.; Gruebel, Doreen
Efforts to reform and restructure science and mathematics education need to be based on a sound assessment of current conditions, the rate of improvement, and problems in the system. This report focuses on indicators of the condition of science and mathematics education at state and national levels. The 1995 report presents new state indicators from the 1993-94 school year and examines trends, by state, from 1990 to 1994 on indicators of student achievement, content and instruction, and context and conditions for teaching. Four primary sources of data were used: The National Assessment of Educational progress (NAEP), Advanced Placement examinations, The Schools and Staffing Survey, and data from state departments of education. Among the student achieement indicators, the study found that proficiency on the NAEP in mathematics had a significant improvement: the percentage of grade 8 students scoring at or above the proficient level went from 19 percent in 1990 to 25 percent in 1992; between 1982 and 1992 scores of Black and Hispanic students improved more than that of Whites, although the gap is still substantial. Among the findings in the area of content and instruction, the study found that enrollments, especially minority and female students, in science and mathematics have risen dramatically. In the area of teacher preparation and supply, the study found that three-fifths of secondary teachers with a main assignment in mathematics had a college major in math or mathematics education. In the area of conditions and context for teaching, it was found that the average public school spent only $50 on science software and $100 on mathematics software in 1993-94. Appendixes provide detailed data and information by state. (MKR/AA)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, National Surveys, Racial Differences, Science Achievement, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Teachers, Sex Differences, State Standards, State Surveys, Teacher Education, Teaching Conditions
Council of Chief State School Officers, Suite 700, One Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001-1431 ($18).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
Note: For earlier reports, see ED 337 345 and ED 361 225.