The experts on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel represent over six centuries of experience in their respective fields. They have received testimony from more than 200 individuals and nearly 150 organizations, and reviewed more than 16,000 research studies.
The report respects the role of teachers as those in the best position to determine how to teach a given concept or skill. Instead of defining methods for teaching, the report offers a timeline of when students must master critical topics. The panel determined that students need to develop rapid recall of arithmetic facts in the early grades, going on to master fractions in middle school. Having built this strong foundation, the panel stated students would then be ready for rigorous algebra courses in high school or earlier. Noting changing demographics and rising economic demands, Secretary Spellings stressed the significance of the panel’s findings on algebra.
Conceptual Knowledge and Skills
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Learning Processes Word (7.9 MB)
Instructional Practices Word (2.9 MB)
Teachers Word (1.2 MB)
Assessment Word (876 KB)
Draft Subcommittee Reports
Standards of Evidence PDF (68 KB) Word (276 KB)
Instructional Materials Word (958 KB)
National Survey of Algebra Teachers for the National Math Panel PDF (4.1 MB) Word (3.2 MB)