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ED - 5267 - National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century - Agency Authority


Committee NameNational Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st CenturyAgency NameDepartment of Education
Fiscal Year2001Committee Number5267
Original Establishment Date3/23/1999Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date12/27/2000Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*25
Current Charter Date4/6/1999Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director and DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date12/31/2000Designated Federal Officer First Name*Linda
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameP.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Rosen
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 260-8229
Effective Date Of Authority*3/23/1999Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 260-7216
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 final months of the Commission were primarily devoted to disseminating its report, Before It's Too Late, publicizing the recommendations, and concluding the work of the Commission. The report focused on three goals and a series of concrete steps or action strategies that the many stakeholders in mathematics and science teaching -- teachers and parents, schools, districts, states, higher education institutions, the business community, as well as the Federal government -- could take to achieve the goals. Accordingly, the report was sent with a letter from the chair or Commission members to a wide audience, asking the recipients to read the report and do their part to implement the recommendations. Letters were sent to members of Congress, governors, school board members, university and college presidents and deans, teachers, math, science, and education associations, chief state school officers, state legislators, and others. Efforts were made to publicize the recommendations through numerous speaking engagements, contacts with the general media, trade press, and relevant associations, by posting information in trade publications, in association and other newsletters, and on the web and on electronic listservs.While the Commission’s recommendations for action included steps to be taken by the Federal government, it did not charge specific agencies. Rather it suggested the kinds of programs, resources, and support required from the Federal government to implement the goals.
How is membership balanced?*The Commission was comprised of a diverse and talented group of 25 members and 8 ex officio members who represented many of the stakeholders in mathematics and science teaching, including business and education leaders; public officials at the Federal, national, State, and local levels; and teachers of mathematics and science.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*No additional meetings.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*High quality teaching is critical to improving student achievement in mathematics and science. There has been considerable study and numerous efforts focused on the preparation and support of teachers for quite some time. Nevertheless, math and science teaching in the nation is not what it should be. Far too many U.S. students finish high school without mastering the challenging mathematics and science necessary for success in higher education and in the competitive knowledge-based economy of the 21st century. Unfortunately, many of those who provide mathematics and science instruction today lack the appropriate credentials and licensure for the subjects they teach, and many of those who are appropriately certified are under-prepared in their disciplines. Equally problematic is that most teachers do not have opportunities to collaborate and reflect on the process of teaching and learning in order to improve their professional practice. Future teacher shortages--especially in mathematics and science--and student population growth are likely to exacerbate these problems. The Commission focused on cutting-edge efforts and considered what significant changes need to be made to improve the quality of math and science teaching in classrooms K-12 in order to improve student achievement in these areas.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThis Commission terminated on December 31, 2000.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety* Action Reorganize Priorities* 
Outcome Trust In Government Action Reallocate Resources 
Outcome Major Policy Changes Action Issued New Regulations 
Outcome Advance In Scientific Research Action Proposed Legislation 
Outcome Effective Grant Making Action Approved Grants Or Other Payments 
Outcome Improved Service Delivery Action Other 
Outcome Increased Customer Satisfaction Action Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg Requirements Grants Review* 
Outcome Other Number Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings* Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentGrants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations* Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer* 
Number Of Recommendations CommentAccess Agency Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented* Access Committee Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA Website 
% of Recs Partially Implemented* Access Publications 
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess Other 
Agency Feedback* Access Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*Narrative Description*
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$98,122.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$4,928.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. 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$4,218.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$107,268.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.63Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-018775National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century2000
 COM-019684National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century1999