National Science Board To Solicit Input On K-12 Science & Mathematics Education Reform

July 01, 1998

The National Science Board (NSB) will hold a public hearing in Chicago on July 20, hosted by the Chicago Public Schools, to investigate the effectiveness of various school-based reform strategies to improve the nation's teaching and learning of mathematics and science.

The NSB advises the President and Congress on science policy matters and oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF), a federal agency that funds research and education projects in all 50 states and U.S. Territories. In FY 1997, NSF's total funding for K-12 education projects of all types amounted to about $375 million. The NSB has selected Chicago for this field hearing, given Chicago's geographic centrality to six other of the 19 public school systems (Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Memphis, Milwaukee, St. Louis) that are recipients of NSF funding for major urban education reform (Urban Systemic Initiatives).

The NSB will hear from educators, administrators, and community partners in K-12 reform. Panels will summarize what research has revealed as probable key contributors to successful teaching and learning of mathematics and science. They also will examine factors in effective schooling and debate evidence of actual impact on student achievement as well as barriers to improvement.

Who: National Science Board (Committee on Education and Human Resources)

What: Public Hearing - What Matters in K-12 Mathematics & Science? Effective Strategies for Reform and Student Achievement.

Where: Board Chamber, Central Office
Chicago Public Schools
1819 West Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609

When: Monday, July 20, 1998 from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For a meeting agenda and more information, see: or call: At NSF: K. Lee Herring, (703) 306-1070,, or Daryl Chubin, (703) 306-2000, (non-media)

At Chicago Public Schools: Tabrina Davis or Reanetta Hunt, (773) 535-3760/

National Science Foundation

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