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Resolution Regarding Alabama Mathematics, Science, And Technology Initiative (AMSTI)

WHEREAS, the Alabama State Board of Education recognizes that mathematics, science, and technology literacy are essential for students to succeed in the twenty-first century; and
 
WHEREAS, in December 1999 the Alabama State Board of Education established the Alabama Mathematics, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) to improve mathematics and science education in the state; and
 
WHEREAS, the Alabama State Board of Education appointed thirty-eight (38) members to the AMSTI Committee, composed of K-12 mathematics and science teachers, administrators, representatives from higher education, and practicing professionals from the government, corporate, and private sectors; and
 
WHEREAS, the mission of AMSTI is to improve mathematics and science education in Alabama so as to enable all students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for success in postsecondary studies and in the workforce; and
 
WHEREAS, AMSTI has performed an extensive review of the research on improving mathematics and science education, conducted a statewide survey of mathematics and science teachers to better understand and address the needs of students and classroom teachers, reviewed a number of successful programs already being implemented in Alabama, and investigated successful mathematics, science, and technology initiatives in other states; and
 
WHEREAS, AMSTI has utilized the findings from presentations it received on landmark projects and research related to mathematics and science education including the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the A+ Task Force on Teaching and Student Achievement, and the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the Twenty-first Century (the Glenn Commission); and
 
WHEREAS, AMSTI has utilized its research, program reviews, and surveys to make recommendations to the Alabama State Board of Education for improving mathematics and science education and has submitted a systemic plan for implementing the recommendations on a statewide basis; and
 
WHEREAS, AMSTI has received the acknowledgment and support of the Alabama Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education Coalition (AMSTEC), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Alabama Science Teachers Association, the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program of Alabama (GLOBE of AL), Alabama Science in Motion, Alabama Technology in Motion, the Alabama Aerospace Teachers' Association, the Aerospace Development Center, the Business Council of Alabama, BellSouth, Inc., and the Alabama Science Centers Alliance; and
 
WHEREAS, the State Superintendent of Education recommends approval:
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does hereby endorse the AMSTI Recommendations and Implementation Plan that was submitted to the Alabama State Board of Education on October 26, 2000, as a framework for improving mathematics and science education in the state of Alabama.