The National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education

Eric Banilower, Horizon Research, Inc.
The National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education (NSSME), conducted by Horizon Research, Inc., provides valuable information on the status of K–12 mathematics and science education in the nation. Results include the background and education of the current teaching force in mathematics and science, their views on their own preparedness, and the classroom practices they use. The presenter will report findings from the most recent NSSME and provide opportunities for participants to discuss implications.

About the Presenter:
Eric Banilower, Senior Researcher, Horizon Research, Inc.
Eric Banilower is the PI of the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education (NSSME), the fifth in a series of surveys dating back to 1977. The 2012 NSSME provides data on the current status, as well as changes over time, of the K–12 science and mathematics education system in the United States. He is also the PI of Assessing the Impact of the MSPs: K–8 Science, which has developed instruments and is conducting research to better understand how different approaches to professional development affect teacher content knowledge, classroom practice, and student learning. Banilower worked with the California Scope, Sequence, and Coordination project developing curriculum and assessment materials for the California science reform project, in addition to teaching high school science. He has worked on a number of research and evaluation projects, including the 2000 NSSME and the Inside the Classroom study. He also supervised a study of the impact of the National Science Foundation's Local Systemic Change Through Teacher Enhancement (LSC) program on student achievement and directed a longitudinal study of the impact of the Connected Mathematics Program, 2nd edition, on student achievement. Banilower received a BS in Physics from Haverford College and has completed his doctoral coursework in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.