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K-12 NSF Sponsored Mathematics Curriculum Projects
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a number of curriculum projects for K-12 mathematics over the past decade, which are generally intended to promote high-quality mathematics education for all students.

NSF High School Curriculum Programs
Earth Science:
Earth System Science in the Community (EarthComm),9-12,

Physical Science:
Active Physics, 9-12,

Chemistry in the Community (ChemCom), 9-12,

Comprehensive Conceptual Curriculum for Physics (C3P), 9-10,

Introductory Physical Science (IPS), 9,

Minds-On Physics, 11-12,

Life Science:
Biology: A Community Context, 9-12,

BSCS Biology: A Human Approach, 9-11,

BSCS Biology: A Molecular Approach (Blue Version), 10-11,

BSCS Biology: An Ecological Approach (Green Version), 9-11,

Insights in Biology, 9-10,

Integrated Science:
Ecology:A Systems Approach, 9-12,

Global Lab, 9,http://www.globallab/

Prime Science, 9-10,

Science in a Technical World, 9-12,

SEPUP:Issues, Evidence & You, 9,

SEPUP: Science and Sustainability, 10-12,

Under Development:
Astrobiology:The Search for Life, 9-12,

Chem Discovery, 10-12,

Exploring Earth, 9-12,

Hands-On-Physics, 11-12,

Living By Chemistry, 10-12,

Science that Counts in the Workplace, 11-12,

Voyages Through Time, 9-10,

Newly Funded Projects:
BSCS Science: An Integrated Approach, 9-11,

Foundation Science, 9-10,

Link to Kentucky Department of Education Textbook info.

Profiles in Science
A Guide to National Science Foundation Funded High School Instructional Materials. This document compiles information about a variety of high school science instructional materials that were developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and address the National Science Education Standards. Available at no cost by calling the SCI Center at 719-531-5550 or via e-mail

Research on Math Curriculum
Putting Textbooks to the Test
This article provide insight into the latest research on science and mathematics textbooks.

Middle School Math Textbook Evaluation
Few Middle School Math Textbooks Will Help Students Learn, Says AAAS' Project 2061 Evaluation

Middle Grades Mathematics Textbooks
A Benchmarks-Based Evaluation

Promising Mathematics Programs
The Department and the Expert Panel on Mathematics and Science Education have identified two promising mathematics programs in addition to the ones recognized in October 1999.

Results from Study of Elementary Mathematics Curriculum
The ARC Center, an NSF-funded project located at COMAP, Inc., in Lexington, Massachusetts,, has recently completed a study of reform mathematics programs in elementary schools in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington state. The study examined the performance of students using the three elementary programs supported by the ARC Center - Math Trailblazers; Investigations in Number, Data, and Space; and Everyday Mathematics - on state-mandated standardized tests administered in spring 2000.

To review the study go to:

Research on Science Curriculum
Putting Textbooks to the Test
This article provide insight into the latest research on science and mathematics textbooks.

Heavy Books Light on Learning: Not One Middle Grades Science Text Rated Satisfactory By AAAS's Project

Big Biology Books Fail to Convey Big Ideas, Reports AAAS's Project 2061

NSF Review of Instructional Materials for Middle Grades

Exemplary & Promising Science Program

Errant Texts
Why some schools may not want to go by the book

By Janet Raloff
First of a two-part series on middle-school science curricula.

Algebra I: A Process Approach
Algebra I: A Process Approach is a beginning algebra program that stimulates students to think. Instead of showing students how to do calculations and manipulation, the course challenges them to devise and test their own strategies for solving problems. The program is based on findings of research into the difficulties students have in learning algebra.

Mathematics Curriculum Center
The K-12 Mathematics Curriculum Center is funded by the National Science Foundation to inform and assist schools and districts as they select and implement standards-based mathematics curricula.

Foundational Approaches to Science Teaching
(FAST)-a sequence of three inquiry science courses designed specifically to address the developmental needs of students ages 12 to 15. The three courses are: (a) FAST 1, The Local Environment; (b) FAST 2, Matter & Energy in the Biosphere; and (c) FAST 3, Change over Time. In each course, content is organized into three strands called physical science, ecology, and relational study. Relational study focuses on the interrelationships of the science disciplines and the interactions of science and society. The principal objectives of FAST are to develop knowledge of concepts that are foundational to modern science and to develop laboratory and thinking skills, such as using symbolic tools employed in science, engaging in scientific inquiry, and using scientific knowledge for making decisions. Web site:

Developmental Approaches in Science, Health and Tech.
(DASH)- comprehensive K-6 program. It reaches the spectrum of learners found in typical classrooms through over 650 interconnected, developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities that are aligned with national standards. The goal of DASH is to engage students in the excitement of questioning and making sense of things unknown, inventing and building to solve problems, and caring for themselves through their experiences in science, health and technology learning. Dash activities at each grade level are organized into ten content clusters: learning; time, weather, and sky; animals; plants; food and nutrition; health and safety; way finding and transportation; energy and communication; conservation, recycling, and decomposition; and matter, space and construction. Program content is sequential and spiraled, to promote reinforcing multi-year development of concepts and skills. Students work inside and out of the classroom as a research community, modeling the real interrogated into instruction. Each activity has a portfolio-building product, and each grade level has a concept and skill inventory for students self-assessment. Web site:

GEMS Curriculum Materials
Great Explorations in Math and Science
(GEMS)- supplemental enrichment program for students from preschool through 8th grade. GEMS provides teachers with more than 70 teacher?s guides, support documents, and pedagogical handbooks; professional development opportunities; an active Web site; and a national support network of GEMS Leaders and Associates and over 45 regional sites. GEMS units feature an inquiry-based, guided-discovery, student-centered approach to learning. An assessment component is in place for the entire series. Web site: http://www.lhs.berkeley,edu/GEMS/

K-12 NSF-Sponsored Science Curriculum
Each of the NSF-sponsored curricula approaches standards-based science instruction in a unique way. Each curriculum below is linked to a brief description; a longer, more substantial profile of the curriculum; and publication information.

Science Evaluation Instruments
Tools that can assist schools and districts when reviewing materials for possible adoption.
Instrument 1: pdf
Instrument 2: