Key Initiatives

Assessment Alignment Issues

High-stakes testing in key subject areas has become a significant factor in determining teacher and school quality and student achievement. Increasingly, statewide test results have become the basis for funding and policy decisions and for student advancement or graduation. But how effective are these tests at evaluating what students really know?

Center for Curriculum Materials in Science

The Center for Curriculum Materials in Science (CCMS) is a partnership of AAAS, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan. It is focused on the analysis, design, and use of science curriculum materials.

Interagency Education Research Initiative

This five-year study funded by the Interagency Education Research Initiative (IERI) Project 2061 is helping to identify factors that improve student learning in middle grades mathematics.

Partnership for Science Literacy


Mapping a Coherent Learning Progression for the Molecular Basis of Heredity (2006)
Roseman, J. E., Caldwell, A., Gogos, A., Kurth, L.

Linking Learning Goals and Educational Resources through Interactive Concept Map Visualizations (2005)
Sumner, T., Ahmad, F., Bhushan, S., Gu, Q., Molina, F., Willard, S., Wright, M., Davis, L.

A Web Service Interface for Creating Concept Browsing Interfaces (2004)
Sumner, T., Ahmad, F., Bhushan, S., Gu, Q., Molina, F., Willard, S., Wright, M., Davis, L., Janée, G.

Dynamically Generating Conceptual Browsing Interfaces for Digital Libraries Using SVG (2004)
Gu, Q., Ahmad, F., Sumner, T., Molina, F.

Supporting Goals-Based Learning with STEM Outreach (2004)
Kesidou, S., Koppal, M.

Research Issues in the Improvement of Mathematics Teaching and Learning through Professional Development (2004)
DeBoer, G., Morris, K., Roseman, J. E., Wilson, L., Capraro, M. M., Capraro, R., Kulm, G., Willson, V., Manon, J.

Meeting the Challenge of Science Literacy: Project 2061 Efforts To Improve Science Education (2004)
Koppal, M., Caldwell, A.

Future Forecasts (2004)

Project 2061 Study Seeks to Improve Student Learning in Mathematics (2003)
Davis, S.

Accountability & Assessments (2002)
Bricker, L.

Ohio should keep 'Intelligent Design' out of science class (2002)
Leshner, A.

Analysis of Students' Assessments in Middle School Curriculum Materials: Aiming Precisely at Benchmarks and Standards (2002)
Stern, L., Ahlgren, A.

Solving the Equation: Project 2061 Studies Factors That Improve Student Learning in Mathematics (2002)
Tramontana, C.

New study is one for the books (2002)
Manser, A.

How Well Do Middle School Science Programs Measure Up? Findings from Project 2061's Curriculum Review (2002)
Kesidou, S., Roseman, J. E.

Rocket Science (2002)
Clark, J.

Less Is More: Trimming the Overstuffed Curriculum (2002)
Fratt, L.

Choosing Content That's Worth Knowing (2001)
Nelson, G.

Textbook Alignment (2001)
Stern, L., Roseman, J. E.

Group Dissects Science Literacy (2001)
Henry, T.

Errant Texts: Why some schools may not want to go by the book (2001)
Raloff, J.

Putting Textbooks to the Test (2001)
Roseman, J. E., Kulm, G., Shuttleworth, S.

The Trouble With Textbooks (2001)
Budiansky, S.

Putting Science on the Map (2001)
Steiny, J.

Aligning Assessment with Learning Goals (2000)
Nielsen, N.

Heavy Books Light on Learning: AAAS Project 2061 Evaluates Middle Grades Science Textbooks (1999)
Roseman, J. E., Kesidou, S., Stern, L., Caldwell, A.

Science Literacy for All in the 21st Century (1999)
Nelson, G.

The 2061 Challenge (1999)
Hundt, L.

A Benchmarks-Based Approach to Textbook Evaluation (1999)
Kulm, G., Roseman, J. E., Treistman, M.

Evaluating Mathematics Textbooks (1999)
Kulm, G.

Science and Math Education for the 21st Century (1999)
Nelson, G.

Racing a Comet (1999)
Brearton, M. A., Shuttleworth, S.

Ten Questions to Ask Your Neighborhood School About Local Science Education (1998)

Is Your Child's Science Education What It Should Be? (1998)

Math, Science, Technology & Habits of Mind (1998)
Vuko, E.

Science Literacy for All: An Achievable Goal? (1998)
Nelson, G.

From Sputnik to TIMSS: Reforms in Science Education Make Headway Despite Setbacks (1998)
Frelindich, N.

Mathematics Curriculum Materials Analysis Reliability Study (1998)
Kulm, G., Grier, L.

You Don't Have to be a Rocket Scientist to Think Like One (1998)
Nelson, G.

Guide Book To Examine School Curricula: The Project 2061 Curriculum-Analysis Procedure (1998)

Benchmarks and Standards as Tools for Science Education Reform (1997)
Nelson, G.

Lessons from Project 2061: Practical Ways to Implement Benchmarks and Standards (1997)
Roseman, J. E.

Project 2061: Science Literacy in Museums (1997)
Nielsen, N.

Identifying Curriculum Materials for Science Literacy. A Project 2061 Evaluation Tool (1997)
Roseman, J. E., Kesidou, S., Stern, L.

Project 2061 — Having an Impact (1996)
Zucker, A. A., Young, V. M., Luczak, J. M.

Summary of Science for All Americans (1995)

Science Literacy for All Americans: Is It Possible? (1994)
Alvarado, R.

Where Is Project 2061 Today? (1993)
Ahlgren, A., Rutherford, F. J.

Research on Student Learning (1993)
Ahlgren, A.

Creating Benchmarks For Science Education (1993)
Ahlgren, A.

Vital Connections: Children, Books, and Science (1991)
Rutherford, F. J.