Policies and Recommendations

  • 2016 NCTM Legislative Platform

    NCTM supports investing in teachers at every stage of their development and welcomes the increased emphasis that policymakers have given to early childhood education, family engagement, common standards and assessments, and the appropriate conditions for learning in the country’s schools and classrooms. NCTM has identified specific legislative priorities for the 114th Congress and supports them in broader contexts.

    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, 2016
    NCTM comments to the Department of Education on the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    August 1, 2016
    NCTM 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, 2016
    NCTM letter to the Department of Education with comments and guidance on implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.

    November 23, 2015
    STEM Education Coalition letter supporting the STEM funding provision in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

    July 7, 2015
    Joint NCTM-NSTA letter to the Senators Alexander and Murray on the Every Child Achieves Act

    February 2, 2105
    Comments on Sen. Alexander’s “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015”

    July 25, 2014
    Comments to Sen. Jay Rockefeller on the America COMPETES Act

    June 25, 2104
    STEM Education Coalition letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on STEM policy

    June 24, 2013
    Comments to Rep. John Kline on the Student Success Act

    June 15, 2012
    STEM Education Coalition letter on Design Principles for Federal STEM Education Investments

    October 4, 2012
    Comments on selection criteria for the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program

    October 10, 2012
    Comments on the Arithmetic Standards Challenge to End National Disparities Act (ASCEND)  

    June 20, 2011
    STEM Education Coalition letter on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

    October 18, 2011
    Letter to Sen. Al Franken on his STEM Master Teacher Corps Act

    May 7, 2010
    Comments on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

    March 26, 2010
    Comments on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

    December 3, 2008
    Letter to Presidential Education Transitition Team

    October 8, 2008
    Letter in support of Higher Education Act provisions

    May 21, 2008
    NCTM 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, 2008
    Letter requesting appropriation of funding for Math Now

    October 10, 2007
    NCTM 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, 2005
    Written 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