assistance, and training to states, schools, and teachers to help improve mathematics and science programs and adapt and use exemplary instructional materials, teaching methods, curricula, and assessment tools. Located in Aurora, Colo.; Austin, Tex.; Cambridge, Mass.; Charleston, W.Va.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Oak Brook, Ill.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Portland, Oreg.; San Francisco, Calif.; Tallahassee, Fla. []

  • [(202) 219-1925] ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)—includes 16 clearinghouses, each specializing in a different subject area of education. (See 11.44 for a description of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education.) []

  • [(202) 219-2169] Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program —funds projects to help build a nationwide capability in elementary and secondary schools for meeting the special educational needs of gifted and talented students, including economically disadvantaged individuals, those with disabilities, and those with limited English proficiency. []

  • [(202) 219-1761] National Assessment of Educational Progress—measures educational achievement of students in grades 4, 8, and 12, and, for science, uses a hands-on task and portfolio. Teacher and student questionnaires elicit information about instructional practices. []

  • [(202) 219-2187] Ten Regional Educational Laboratories—do applied research and development on educational programs, materials, and professional development and that work with states and localities to implement systemic school improvement. Located in Aurora, Colo.; Austin, Tex.; Charleston, W.Va.; Greensboro, N.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Oak Brook, Ill.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Portland, Oreg.; Providence, R.I.; and San Francisco, Calif. []

  • [(202) 219-8070] The Regional Technology in Education Consortia program—helps states, districts, schools, adult literacy centers, and other institutions use advanced technology to support improved teaching and student achievement. Six consortia focus their activities in 3 major areas—improving teaching and learning, professional development, and infrastructure development—and disseminate information and provide policy support related to those areas. [http://www.rtec/org]

  • [(202) 219-2186] Star Schools Program—funds partnerships using telecommunications and distance learning technologies (for example, satellites, fiber optics, computer networks) to improve education. []

  • [(202) 219-1333] Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)—measured achievement in mathematics and science in 1995 at grades 3, 4, 7, 8, and 12, in up to 41 countries, and also collected information about curriculum, instructional practices, and teachers in each country. []


U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)


600 Maryland Ave., S.W.,

Washington, DC 20202-6100

(202) 401-0113

An office of the U.S. Department of Education supporting elementary and secondary education through programs for compensatory education, school improvement, and special student populations. Programs/services: The Eisenhower Professional Development State Grants Program—supports teacher professional development activities through in-service and pre-service training, via state educational agencies to local school systems.


U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation Environmental Education Program


P.O. Box 25007


Denver, CO 80225-0007

(303) 236-9336, Ext. 223

Programs/services: Presents indoor and outdoor programs for students and teachers (grades K-12) on many environmental subjects, especially water, at many locales in all states west of the Mississippi.


U.S. Department of the Interior, Earth Science Information Centers



507 National Center,

Reston, VA 20192

(703) 648-6045;

(800) USA-MAPS

Nationwide information and sales centers for U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) map products and earth science publications. Centers located in Anchorage, Alaska; Denver, Colo.; Menlo Park, Calif.; Reston, Va.; Rolla, Mo.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Sioux Falls, S.Dak.; Spokane, Wash.; Stennis Space Center, Miss. Programs/services: The Learning Web, a portion of the USGS Web site dedicated to K-12 education, exploration, and life-long learning. Publications/materials: Teacher packets; booklets; posters; fact sheets; CD-ROMs; resource lists.

11.123 U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service,

P.O. Box 37127,

Rm. 7312,

Washington, DC 20013-7127

(202) 565-1052

The National Park Service assumes principal responsibility for administering the National Park System.

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