The National Mathematics Advisory Panel
"This Panel, diverse in experience, expertise, and philosophy, agrees
broadly that the delivery system in mathematics education—the system that
translates mathematical knowledge into value and ability for the next
generation—is broken and must be fixed." (Foundations For Success)
Created by Executive Order,The National Mathematics Advisory Panel was asked to use the “best available scientific evidence” and recommend ways to improve the mathematics education of American students.
The National Mathematics Advisory Panel's Final Report: Foundations For Success , was published in March 2008 and is the product of over two years of hard work by a very diversified panel consisting of leaders in mathematics, mathematics education, and cognitive psychology.
A Few of the Final Report's 45 Key Findings and Recommendations: · A focused, coherent progression of mathematics learning, with an emphasis on proficiency with key topics, should become the norm in elementary and middle school mathematics curricula. Any approach that continually revisits topics year after year without closure is to be avoided. · Students should understand key concepts, achieve utomaticity as appropriate (e.g., with addition and related subtraction facts), develop flexible, accurate, and automatic execution of the standard algorithms, and use these competencies to solve problems. · Emphasize student mastery, accuracy, and automatic execution of the standard algorithm and fluency with fractions (including decimals, percentages, and negative fractions). · The Panel cautions that to the degree that calculators impede the development of automaticity, fluency in computation will be adversely affected. · Mathematicians should be included in greater numbers, along with mathematics educators, mathematics education researchers, curriculum specialists, classroom teachers, and the general public, in the standardsetting process and in the review and design of mathematical test items for state, NAEP, and commercial tests

