ANNEX

Timeline of Selected National Standards Efforts in Mathematics, Science, and Technology3,4

1980

Agenda for Action, published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

1983

A Nation at Risk (NCEE), call for reform of the U.S. education system.

1983

Bill Honig, newly elected state superintendent of California public schools, begins a decade-long revision of the state public school system, the development of curriculum frameworks (content standards) with aligned assessments, professsional development, and instructional materials.

1985

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) establishes Project 2061, with the goal of making all Americans scientifically literate. Children beginning school this year, when Halley’s Comet was visible from Earth, will see the comet again in 2061, a reasonable time frame for the ambitious goals of Project 2061. The National Council on Science and Technology Education, an independent committee, is established to oversee the project.

1985

California Mathematics Framework emphasizes “mathematical power” and problem solving.

1987

NCTM writing teams begin reviewing curricular documents and draft standards for curricula and evaluations.

1989

Publication of Everybody Counts, a report of the National Academies’ Mathematical Sciences Education Board

1989

The nation’s 50 governors, led by Bill Clinton of Arkansas and President G.H.W. Bush, adopt National Education Goals for the year 2000. One goal is that the United States will be “first in the world in mathematics and science.”

1989

Publication of Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics, a report by NCTM.

1989

Publication by Project 2061 of Science for All Americans, which describes the “understandings and habits of mind … essential for all citizens in a scientifically literate society.” “Science” includes mathematics, science, and the designed world.

1990

In his State of the Union address, President G. H. W. Bush announces the National Education Goals for the year 2000. Shortly thereafter, he and Congress establish a National Education Goals Panel (NEGP).

1990

The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) is appointed by the secretary of labor to determine the skills young people need to succeed in the world of work.

1990

National Educational Assessment of Progress (NAEP) introduces State Mathematics Framework, based on a “content by mathematical ability” matrix grounded in the NCTM Curriculum and Evaluation Standards, and begins short-term trend

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Adapted by permission of McREL from Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K–12 Education, http://www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarks/docs/purpose.asp. All rights reserved. Source: Kendall and Marzano, 2010.

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Unless the month is specified, the order of entries within years has not been verified.



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