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Declining Mathematics Achievement Sparks Summit of 150+ Experts, Attracts Global Attendance

Student in a classroom building a mathematics model.

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) recently convened the IES Mathematics Summit to address unprecedented declines in mathematics achievement, as evidenced by NAEP in 2022. The leadership team assembled an outstanding, diverse group of presenters to share their knowledge, experiences, and insights during the event. Over 3,000 national, state, and local leaders—along with educators, researchers, policymakers, and instructional experts—participated in the Summit from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, outlying areas, and more than four dozen countries.

Recordings from the Summit’s 120+ sessions are now available on the NAEP YouTube channel, including keynotes, plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and STEAM career expo sessions. The sessions are available in their entirety and organized by Pre-K–3, 4–8, and 9–12 grade-level span designations.

In these recordings you will be able to hear from dozens of dedicated leaders and educators, with speakers including:

  • Dr. Peggy G. Carr, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
  • Cindy Marten, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Dr. Daniel L. Goroff, Deputy Director for Science and Society, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Dr. Deborah Loewenberg Ball, William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan and Director of TeachingWorks
  • Kevin Dykema, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Dr. Lynn Fuchs, Dunn Family Professor Emerita at Vanderbilt University and Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research
  • Dr. Bernard Harris, former NASA astronaut, former CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, and President of Vesalius Ventures, Inc.
  • Steve Leinwand, Author, Consultant, and Principal Research at American Institutes for Research
  • Dr. Pamela Seda, Educational Consultant and Author

The Summit would not have been possible without coordination, planning, and support from the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Council of the Great City Schools, the National Assessment Governing Board, the National Science Foundation, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Thank you to everyone who helped to create this remarkable collection of information that can pave the way for improving mathematics achievement across the country and around the world. Students have the potential, the capacity, and the ability to succeed. Dr. Bernard Harris said it best: “[Students] are infinite beings with infinite possibilities.” It's up to all of us—educators, researchers, and policymakers—to make sure that every child has ample opportunities to explore and experience those possibilities.


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