On Wednesday, October
6, 1999, the U.S. Department of Education issued the following press release.
The Core-Plus Mathematics Project curriculum, Contemporary Mathematics
in Context, was one of five programs designated as Exemplary.
Panel Selects Exemplary,
Promising Mathematics Programs
Secretary Kent McGuire announced today the selection of 10 mathematics
education programs as exemplary and promising. The K-12 programs were
chosen for their outstanding quality and demonstrated effectiveness, following
a national search.
Five of the programs
were designated "exemplary" because they provided convincing
evidence of their effectiveness in multiple sites with multiple populations.
Five were designated "promising" based on preliminary evidence
of effectiveness in one or more sites. The 10 programs were selected from
61 programs voluntarily submitted by the developers or publishers of the
program. Four of the 61 programs need further review.
programs have met the highest standards set by our nation's leading mathematics
experts and educators," McGuire said. "These programs work,
and we encourage teachers, administrators, and policymakers to learn more
about them as potential additions to their curriculum. The promising programs
have great potential and strong but preliminary evidence that they too
can serve our students well."
The search for quality
mathematics programs began in 1994 when Congress directed the department's
Office of Educational Research and Improvement to establish "panels
of appropriate qualified experts and practitioners" to evaluate educational
programs and recommend the best to the secretary of education. The Expert
Panel in Mathematics and Science is comprised of 15 mathematicians, scientists,
educators, and policymakers from around the country.
The expert panel
began its search by assessing the status of mathematics education in the
U.S. Their study showed that 43 states have adopted or substantially incorporated
recommendations from the national standards documents into their own standards
and curriculum frameworks.
The panel also found
that educators are seeking curriculum materials and programs that translate
the standards into a useful form for their classrooms. Consequently, the
panel decided to focus its first year's search on programs that exemplify
the standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and
the American Association for the Advancement of Science benchmarks.
The selection process
encouraged applications from any program that would meet the review criteria
and 61 programs applied for voluntary review. Nearly 100 experts were
involved in the review process. First, submissions were evaluated by field-based
reviewers for program quality, usefulness to others, and educational significance.
Evaluation experts then assessed the claims of effectiveness made by the
developers of programs that received high ratings in the initial review.
The full expert panel then reviewed all of the programs along with ratings
and comments from the review teams.
The Expert Panel's report "Exemplary & Promising
Mathematics Programs" provides additional information about the 10 programs
identified for recognition in 1999. For free copies of the Panel's report, call
the U.S. Department of Education at 877-433-7827. See the U.S. Department of Education Press
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