Policies and Recommendations

  • A strong foundation in mathematics, for each and every student from pre-K–12, is vital to our nation's economic stability, national security, workforce productivity, and full participation in our democratic society. Mathematical literacy is fundamental for adult numeracy, financial literacy, and everyday life. As the world's largest professional organization dedicated to improving mathematics education for each and every student, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) supports investing in teachers at every stage of their development and believes that mathematical literacy can be achieved through an increased emphasis from policymakers on early childhood education, family engagement, high-quality standards and assessments, and ensuring the appropriate conditions for learning for each and every student in all the country's schools and classrooms.

    2017 NCTM Legislative Platform

    Letters and Testimony

    NCTM occasionally comments on pending legislation or issues of importance to mathematics education in testimony or letters to Congress, elected officials, or other governmental or nongovernmental entities.

    October 17, 2017
    NCTM with our educational and scientific colleagues sent a letter to the White House to reconsider policies which are discouraging many of the best and brightest international students, scholars, and scientists from choosing the United States for studying and working and restrict attendance and participation in academic and scientific conferences

    September 20, 2017
    NCTM joins Data Quality Campaign and other organizations in providing comment to the Department of Education on Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act’s (FERPA) regulations, which help to protect students’ education records and enable the use of student data for legitimate educational purposes

    August 29, 2017
    NCTM and NSTA jointly reach out to Senate leaders and members to fund programs supporting K-12 mathematics and science teachers and teacher educators

    August 23, 2017
    NCTM urges Senate appropriators to adequately fund programs important to K-12 mathematics teachers and teacher educators

    August 4, 2017
    NCTM urges the preservation of the Office of STEM Education within the Department of Education
    Read response from the Department of Education (PDF) »

    June 19, 2017
    Letter from the Title IV, A Coalition to the House Appropriations Committee requesting funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, found under Title IV, Part A of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    June 19, 2017
    Letter from the Title IV, A Coalition to the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, found under Title IV, Part A of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    View 2005-2016 Letters and Comments