Policies and Recommendations
2017 NCTM Legislative Platform
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.
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.
September 9, 2016NCTM comments to the Department of Education on the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
August 1, 2016NCTM comments to the Department of Education on proposed regulations on accountability, state plans, and state and local report cards in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
May 25, 2016NCTM letter to the Department of Education with comments and guidance on implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.
November 23, 2015STEM Education Coalition letter supporting the STEM funding provision in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
July 7, 2015Joint NCTM-NSTA letter to the Senators Alexander and Murray on the Every Child Achieves Act
February 2, 2105Comments on Sen. Alexander’s “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015”
July 25, 2014Comments to Sen. Jay Rockefeller on the America COMPETES Act
June 25, 2104STEM Education Coalition letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on STEM policy
June 24, 2013Comments to Rep. John Kline on the Student Success Act
June 15, 2012STEM Education Coalition letter on Design Principles for Federal STEM Education Investments
October 4, 2012Comments on selection criteria for the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program
October 10, 2012Comments on the Arithmetic Standards Challenge to End National Disparities Act (ASCEND)
June 20, 2011STEM Education Coalition letter on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
October 18, 2011Letter to Sen. Al Franken on his STEM Master Teacher Corps Act
May 7, 2010Comments on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
March 26, 2010Comments on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
December 3, 2008Letter to Presidential Education Transitition Team
October 8, 2008Letter in support of Higher Education Act provisions
May 21, 2008NCTM Past President Francis (Skip) Fennell's testimony to the Committee on Labor and Education: Addressing The National Mathematics Advisory Panel Report's “Foundations for Success”
April 2, 2008Letter requesting appropriation of funding for Math Now
October 10, 2007NCTM President Francis (Skip) Fennell's testimony to the Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee: Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System
April 8, 2005Written Testimony to House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice, and Commerce and Related Agencies in support of funding for the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate