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ED - 29130 - National Mathematics Advisory Panel - Presidential


Committee NameNational Mathematics Advisory PanelAgency NameDepartment of Education
Fiscal Year2008Committee Number29130
Original Establishment Date4/18/2006Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date5/8/2008Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date5/3/2006Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director, National Math Panel
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date4/18/2008Designated Federal Officer First Name*Tyrrell
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityExecutive Order 13398Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Flawn
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Executive Order 13398Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 260-8354
Effective Date Of Authority*4/18/2006Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-260-7741
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Panel advised the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education (Secretary) on means to implement effectively the policy set forth in section 1 of the Executive Order, including with respect to the conduct, evaluation, and effective use of the results of research relating to proven-effective and evidence-based mathematics instruction. The Panel submitted its Preliminary Report to the President, through the Secretary on March 8, 2007. The Final Report was submitted to the President, through the Secretary on March 13, 2008. As required in the Executive Order, the report contains recommendations based on the best scientific evidence available on: (a) the critical skills and skill progressions for students to acquire competence in algebra and readiness for higher levels of mathematics; (b) the role and appropriate design of standards and assessment in promoting mathematical competence; (c) the processes by which students of various abilities and backgrounds learn mathematics; (d) instructional practices, programs, and materials that are effective for improving mathematics learning; (e) the training, selection, placement, and professional development of teachers of mathematics in order to enhance students' learning of mathematics; (f) the role and appropriate design of systems for delivering instruction in mathematics that combine the different elements of learning processes, curricula, instruction, teacher training and support, and standards, assessments, and accountability; (g) needs for research in support of mathematics education; (h) ideas for strengthening capabilities to teach children and youth basic mathematics, geometry, algebra, and calculus and other mathematical disciplines; (i) such other matters relating to mathematics education as the Panel deems appropriate; and (j) such other matters relating to mathematics education as the Secretary may require. The Panel obtained information and advice as appropriate in the course of its work from: (i) officers or employees of Federal agencies, unless otherwise directed by the head of the agency concerned; (ii) State, local, territorial, and tribal officials; (iii) experts on matters relating to the policy set forth in section 1; (iv) parents and teachers; and (v) such other individuals as the Panel deemed appropriate. The National Math Panel staff and NMP Chair held three stakeholder meetings in Washington, DC. Two of the meetings, one during December 2006 and the other during September 2007, informed leaders of major associations and organizations interested in the Panel’s charge about the progress and expected outcomes of the Panel’s work. The Panel considered the views and comments of these important stakeholders during its deliberations for the Final Report. During the third stakeholder meeting in Washington, DC, March 2008, the NMP Chair and the Deputy Secretary, also an Ex Officio of the NMP, presented a briefing on the Final Report and took questions from the audience.Throughout the year, Panelists were invited to various conferences of organizations interested in mathematics education. For each meeting the National Math Panel staff prepared an updated briefing including the latest developments on the Panel’s progress. In October 2007 the Panel held a 2-day meeting in Phoenix to work in synthesis groups on a common concept for the Final Report and to receive public comments on elements of the Executive Order. At two meetings in Baltimore the Panel worked on the Final Report. At the final meeting, the Final Report was adopted and delivered to the Secretary.Between meetings, Panel members were in frequent phone and email contact to complete the Panel’s work.
How is membership balanced?*The Panel consisted of no more than 30 members as follows: No more than 20 members not employed by the Federal Government. No more than 10 shall be employed with the Federal government. The Panel members came from varied backgrounds including academia, business, state and federal government, and school districts.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Panel met every one to three months from May 2006 through March 2008. All of these meetings were critical to the Panel's work. In FY 2006 the Panel had 3 meetings to begin its work. In FY 2007 the Panel completed the majority of its task group and subcommittee work during a series of 5 meetings. In FY 2008 there were 4 meetings that focused on the completion of the Final Report.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The National Mathematics Advisory Panel was necessary to assist with the administration's policy on American competitiveness. The Panel reviewed scientifically-based evidence as it relates to mathematics learning with a specific emphasis on algebra readiness and algebra success. President Bush introduced the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) in his State of the Union Address on January 31, 2006. Specifically, as related to the charge of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, the ACI aims to strengthen K-12 math and science education by enhancing our understanding of how students learn and applying that knowledge to train highly qualified teachers, develop effective curricular materials, standards and assessments and improve student learning.
Why close or partially close meetings?During FY 2008 there were no closed meetings. There was only one hour during the seventh meeting on 6/05/2007 in Miami, FL when the meeting was closed. During this hour the Panel participated in a session with the Department's Office of the General Counsel for the required annual Ethics training.
Recommendation RemarksThe National Math Panel was established by Executive Order 13398 on April 18, 2006. The termination date was April 18, 2008.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Secretary’s office is collaborating on a National Forum, which will take place in October 2008, to discuss the findings and recommendations of the National Math Panel with major stakeholders. The Department is incorporating findings and recommendations into existing programs including the Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Institute and the Doing What Works project. The Math Panel’s report will be presented at a Title I conference in May of 2008.The Final Report states, “Positive results can be achieved in a reasonable time at accessible cost, but a consistent, wise, community-wide effort will be required. Education in the United States has many participants in many locales—teachers, students, and parents; state school officers, school board members, superintendents, and principals; curriculum developers, textbook writers, and textbook editors; those who develop assessment tools; those who prepare teachers and help them to continue their development; those who carry out relevant research; association leaders and government officials at the federal, state, and local levels. All carry responsibilities. All can be important to success.”
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe National Math Panel presented its Final Report to the Secretary of Education on March 13, 2008. It is too early to anticipate program outcomes. However, $95 million has been requested from Congress for Math Now programs that will be informed by the Panel’s report.We expect there will be policy changes and additional scientific research in mathematics education as a result of the report’s findings and recommendations.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe National Math Panel presented its Final Report to the Secretary of Education on March 13, 2008, and it is too early to determine the cost savings, if any, associated with this committee.Grants Review CommentAt this point, there are no grant programs associated with the work of the National Math Panel.
Number Of Recommendations*45Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe National Math Panel's Final Report, issued on March 13, 2008, contains 45 findings and recommendations on numerous topics including curricular content, learning processes, instructional practices and materials, teachers and teacher education, assessments, and research priorities.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAt this point the percent is unknown. The National Math Panel presented its Final Report to the Secretary of Education on March 13, 2008, and it is too early to report on fully implemented recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAt this point the percent is unknown. The National Math Panel presented its Final Report to the Secretary of Education on March 13, 2008, and it is too early to report on partially implemented recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*The work of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel addresses goals two and four of the U.S. Department of Education's Strategic Plan.Goal Two: Improve Student AchievementImprove achievement for all groups of students by putting reading first, expanding high quality mathematics and science teaching, reforming high schools, and boosting teacher and principal quality, thereby closing the achievement gap.Goal Four: Transform Education into an Evidence-Based FieldStrengthen the quality of educational research.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$38,489.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$322,097.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$617,401.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$51,672.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$1,898.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$13,018.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$185,984.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$1,230,559.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*4.50Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-011784National Mathematics Advisory Panel2007
 COM-012783National Mathematics Advisory Panel2006