ERIC Number: ED438173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
State Indicators of Science and Mathematics Education, 1999: State-by-State Trends and New Indicators from the 1997-98 School Year.
Blank, Rolf K.; Langesen, Doreen
Efforts to reform and restructure science and mathematics education should 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 1999 report presents new state indicators from the 1997-98 school year and examines trends, by state, from 1990 to 1998 on indicators of student achievement, content and instruction, and context and conditions for teaching. Among the student achievement indicators, the study found that proficiency on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics had a significant improvement: the percentage of grade 8 students scoring at or above the proficient level was 23% at the national level, and 27% of students were at or above the proficient level in science at grade 8. Among the findings in the area of content and instruction, the study found that seven states had over three-fourths of high school students take three years of high school mathematics in 1998. The number of mathematics and science teachers rose in the 1990s in the area of teacher preparation and supply. In the area of conditions and context for teaching, it was found that in 35% of grade 4 classrooms, one computer is available for mathematics instruction, 29% have two or more computers available, and only 6% have no computers available. Appendices provide more detailed data and information by state. (Contains 72 references.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, National Surveys, Racial Differences, Science Achievement, Science Education, Science Teachers, Sex Differences, State Standards, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Education, Teaching Conditions
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. Directorate for Education and Human Resources.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC. State Education Assessment Center.