The 'Vital Signs' Of Math and Science

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The National Science Foundation has published a compilation of data on math and science education. Single copies of the report are available from the NSF; (703) 306-1070.

The text of the report is also available on the World Wide Web at the following address:

Math Standards

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics published curriculum and evaluation standards in 1989 and teaching standards in 1991. But by 1993, math teachers in higher grades were far more likely than their counterparts in lower grades to report being "well aware" of the standards.

                Curriculum and evaluation standards
            Grade Range                  Percent of Teachers
               1-4                                18
               5-8                                28
               9-12                               56

               Professional standards for teaching

            Grade Range                  Percent of Teachers

                1-4                               12
                5-8                               19
               9-12                               40

Teacher Preparation

In 1993, science and math teachers in the elementary grades reported having fewer undergraduate or graduate degrees in science or math fields than their counterparts in higher grades.

                          Math Teachers

            Grade Range                  Percent of Teachers

               1-4                                 1
               5-8                                11
              9-12                                63

                         Science Teachers

            Grade Range                  Percent of Teachers

               1-4                                 3
               5-8                                21
              9-12                                72

Vol. 15, Issue 33

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