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Improving Student Learning in Mathematics and Science: The Role of National Standards in State Policy
1. State infrastructure
Strengthen the state infrastructure for improvement in mathematics and science education with coherent, focused standards and with the policies, structures, and resources to support their achievement.
1-A Develop high standards for all students, through consensus, including a process for periodic review.
1-B Build a coherent system for mathematics and science education within the state in which every component and level of education is aligned and has a common goal: that all students will meet these high standards.
1-C Establish a long-range plan for improvement that involves the broader community as well as mathematics and science educators and provides sufficient support for local educators as they work to implement the standards.
1-D Ensure that state-level leadership positions in mathematics and science education exist and are filled by staff with expertise in the disciplines and in supporting change.
1-E Provide guidance and policy support to districts and schools in restructuring the use of school time to create opportunities for teachers to work together for improvement of mathematics and science education in their system.
2. Textbooks and other instructional materials
Develop policies and strategies that promote the use of standards-based textbooks and other instructional materials and that build state and local capacity for selecting and using the materials appropriately.
2-A Implement state policies that support the development of selection criteria for instructional materials based on standards and consistent with curriculum frameworks.
2-B Commission evaluations of textbooks and other instructional materials and disseminate results to local adoption committees.
2-C Implement professional development programs that help school personnel effectively select textbooks and other instructional materials and integrate them into the science and mathematics curriculum and instructional practice.
Structure policies and support to focus districts and schools on designing science and mathematics curricula that are high-quality, well-articulated, and standards-based.
3-A Provide technical, financial, and material support to local districts for the design and implementation of programs in which all students have opportunities to meet standards for mathematics and science.
3-B Base high school graduation requirements, university placement tests, and university admission requirements on standards.
3-C Put in place in every school classroom new technologies that support standards-based teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
Create policies and practices to ensure that well-qualified, highly competent teachers, whose