2000 National Survey of Science
and Mathematics Education

 

About the Survey

The 2000 National Survey was the fourth in a series of studies initiated by the National Science Foundation in 1977. A stratified random sample of 1,800 schools in more than 1,200 school districts throughout the United States was selected to participate in the 2000 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education. Approximately 9,000 teachers were selected for the survey from lists of mathematics and science teachers provided by school principals.

The purpose of the survey was to provide the education community with accurate and current information about science and mathematics education and trends in the following areas.

  • Science and mathematics course offerings and enrollments;
  • Availability of facilities and equipment;
  • Instructional techniques;
  • Textbook usage;
  • Teacher background; and
  • Needs for in-service education.

The survey was conducted by Horizon Research, Inc., under the direction of Dr. Iris R. Weiss. Data collection was the responsibility of Westat, in Rockville, Md. Survey questionnaires were mailed to individual teachers and department heads in February 2000. Data collection concluded in December 2000.

More information...

For detailed descriptions of the sample design, data collection, and reporting variables please see the Appendices of the Report of the 2000 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education.

Funding

The 2000 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education was prepared with support from the National Science Foundation under grant number REC-9814246.
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