Project 2061 R&D Categories
- Learning Goals
Clear and specific learning goals are essential for all students. Benchmarks
for Science Literacy are nationally recognized standards, published by
Project 2061, which have been influencing state and local science, mathematics,
and technology standards for many years.
- Research on Teaching and Learning
Teachers need assistance in improving their understanding of standards
and benchmarks, and in considering the role of curriculum materials, instruction,
and assessment in student learning. Project 2061 is engaged in a new effort
to help them and is also working to help design new models for the preparation
and induction of new K-12 science, mathematics, and technology teachers.
- Testing and Assessment
Aligning tests with specific learning goals is vital. With support from
the NSF, Project 2061 is developing new strategies and tools for evaluating
the alignment of K-12 assessments in science and mathematics with national
and state standards and benchmarks.
- Curriculum Materials
Project 2061 is helping educators and developers identify and create instructional
materials that would be useful for standards-based teaching and learning.
Project 2061 has evaluated some of the most widely used middle- and high-school
science and mathematics textbooks.
- Family and Community
A long-term systemic approach is required for science, mathematics, and
technology education reform, and communities and families that are committed
to excellence are an indispensable prerequisite for the success of that reform