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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Acronyms." National Research Council. 2008. NASA's Elementary and Secondary Education Program: Review and Critique. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12081.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Acronyms." National Research Council. 2008. NASA's Elementary and Secondary Education Program: Review and Critique. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12081.
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Appendix B Acronyms ACC Academic Competitiveness Council AESP Aerospace Education Services Project ARD Aeronautics Research Directorate ARISS Amateur Radio on the International Space Station DLN Digital Learning Network DoC Department of Commerce DoED Department of Education EAP Educator Astronaut Project EFP Education Flight Projects EHR Education and Human Resources Directorate ESEA Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESMD Exploration Systems Mission Directorate ESSEA Earth Systems Science Education Alliance FCCSET Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering and Technology GEMS Great Explorations in Math and Science GLOBE Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment IDEAS Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy and Space Science IES Institute of Education Sciences 145

146 NASA’S ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAM INSPIRE Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience MUREP Minority University Research and Education Program NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASSMC National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions NCEE National Center for Education Evaluation NCER National Center for Education Research NCES National Center for Education Statistics NCLB No Child Left Behind NCSER National Center for Special Education Research NEAT Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers NEEIS NASA Education Evaluation Information System NES NASA Explorer Schools NSF National Science Foundation NSTA National Science Teachers Association OES Office of Earth Science OSS Office of Space Science REL Regional Education Lab SEMAA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy SMD Science Mission Directorate SOMD Space Operations Mission Directorate STEM Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics STEM-G Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and geography TERC Began 40 years ago as Technical Education Research Centers, now simply known as TERC

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The federal role in precollege science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is receiving increasing attention in light of the need to support public understanding of science and to develop a strong scientific and technical workforce in a competitive global economy. Federal science agencies, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), are being looked to as a resource for enhancing precollege STEM education and bringing more young people to scientific and technical careers.

For NASA and other federal science agencies, concerns about workforce and public understanding of science also have an immediate local dimension. The agency faces an aerospace workforce skewed toward those close to retirement and job recruitment competition for those with science and engineering degrees. In addition, public support for the agency's missions stems in part from public understanding of the importance of the agency's contributions in science, engineering, and space exploration.
In the NASA authorization act of 2005 (P.L. 109-555 Subtitle B-Education, Sec. 614) Congress directed the agency to support a review and evaluation of its precollege education program to be carried out by the National Research Council (NRC). NASA's Elementary and Secondary Education Program: Review and Critique includes recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the program and addresses these four tasks:
1. an evaluation of the effectiveness of the overall program in meeting its defined goals and objectives;
2. an assessment of the quality and educational effectiveness of the major components of the program, including an evaluation of the adequacy of assessment metrics and data collection requirements available for determining the effectiveness of individual projects;
3. an evaluation of the funding priorities in the program, including a review of the funding level and trend for each major component of the program and an assessment of whether the resources made available are consistent with meeting identified goals and priorities; and
4. a determination of the extent and effectiveness of coordination and collaboration between NASA and other federal agencies that sponsor science, technology, and mathematics education activities.
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