Jack Price has made contributions to mathematics education by serving as a department head, curriculum coordinator, and superintendent, as well as a textbook author, university professor, and president of NCTM.
Since 1965, Price has provided leadership to school districts in California, including Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and Vista Unified School District, serving both districts as superintendent of schools. He coauthored 16 popular mathematics and science textbooks and wrote a number of articles concerning mathematics and science education reform for publications such as the NCTM journals, the Mathematical Association of America's
Focus, and Notices of the American Mathematical Society.
One of his most notable contributions to teaching and mathematics education was his leadership as NCTM's president from 1994 to 1996. At that time the standards movement was progressing briskly, but backlash against reform was also emerging.
In addition to serving NCTM, Price has contributed to numerous California Mathematics Project initiatives. He has directed NSF-supported projects and served as a member of the Expert Panel on Mathematics and Science for the U.S. Department of Education. He was a member of the National Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education, whose report was a forerunner of the Standards documents, and he was a two-time member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board.