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Eric.ed.gov – The Role of the National Science Foundation in K-12 Science and Math Education. Hearing before the Committee on Science, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session (May 3, 2006). Serial Number 109-46

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The purpose of this hearing was to review the effectiveness and value of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) past and present programs in support of improvement of K-12 science and math education and to examine what role the Foundation should play in future federal initiatives for strengthening K-12 science and math education. This hearing follows up on the March 30 Science Committee hearing entitled, “K-12 Science and Math Education Across the Federal Agencies,” which featured Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, NSF Director Arden Bement, and representatives from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Energy. The officials outlined their individual agencies’ activities to improve K-12 science and math education and described interagency coordination efforts. The charter for that hearing is attached (Appendix I). At this May 3, 2006 follow up hearing, the Committee heard testimony from: Representative Bob Inglis, Presiding Chairman, Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives; Representative Bart Gordon, Minority Ranking Member, Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives; Representative Jerry F. Costello, Member, Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives; Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Member, Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives; Representative Michael M. Honda, Member, Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives; and Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, Member, Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives. Witness were: Dr. Dennis M. Bartels, Executive Director, The Exploratorium; Dr. Joseph A. Heppert, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Kansas; Chair, Committee on Education, American Chemical Society; Ms. Rebecca Pringle, Physical Science Teacher, Susquehanna Township Middle School; Member, Executive Board, National Education Association; and Ms. Judy D. Snyder, Mathematics Teacher, Eastside High School, Taylors, South Carolina. Appendix 1 contains answers to post-hearing questions. Appendix 2: Additional Material for the Record, contains a statement of Niel Tebbano, Vice President, Project Lead The Way; and the article, “Science Education Policies for Sustainable Reform,” by the American Chemical Society.

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