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National Mathematics Advisory Panel; Notice of Open Meeting and Public Hearing

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U.S. Department of Education, National Mathematics Advisory Panel.


Notice of open meeting & public hearing.


This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting, including a public hearing, with members of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. The notice also describes the functions of the Panel. Notice of this meeting is required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend.


Thursday, September 6 and Friday, September 7, 2007.

Times: Thursday, September 6, 3:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. and Friday, September 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Washington University in St. Louis, Eric P. Newman Education Center, 320 S. Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110.

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Tyrrell Flawn, Executive Director, National Mathematics Advisory Panel, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202; telephone: (202) 260-8354.

Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

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The Panel was established by Executive Order 13398. The purpose of this Panel is to foster greater knowledge of and improved performance in mathematics among American students, in order to keep America competitive, support American talent and creativity, encourage innovation throughout the American economy, and help State, local, territorial, and tribal governments give the nation's children and youth the education they need to succeed.

The meeting will be held at Washington University in St. Louis. The meeting begins on Thursday, September 6 at 3:15 p.m. with introductory remarks by Dr. Larry Faulkner, Chair of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, and Dr. Mark Stephen Wrighton, Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis. The Panel will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. to receive the report of the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center (NORC) on the Algebra Teachers' Survey commissioned by the National Math Panel. From 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. the Panel will receive public comment on the Executive Order and the Panel's work. On Friday, September 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the subcommittee on Standards of Evidence and the five task groups—Conceptual Knowledge and Skills, Learning Processes, Instructional Practices, Teachers, and Assessment—will present progress reports to the entire Panel on their work to date. Individuals interested in attending the meeting are advised to register in advance to ensure space availability. Please contact Jennifer Graban at (202) 260-1491 or by e-mail at by Wednesday, August 22, 2007.

If you are interested in giving testimony during the public comment session on September 6, please contact Jennifer Graban at (202) 260-1491 or by Wednesday, August 22, 2007, to reserve time on the agenda. Presenters are encouraged to address one or more of the topics covered in the Executive Order. (Please refer to the Web site at​mathpanel for more Start Printed Page 46453information on the elements of the Executive Order.) Please include your name, the organization you represent, and a brief description of the issue you would like to present. Presenters will be allowed three to five minutes to make their comments. Presenters are requested to submit three written copies and an electronic file (CD or diskette) of their comments at the meeting, which should be labeled with their name and contact information. Individuals solely interested in attending the meeting are advised to register in advance to ensure space availability.

Given the expected number of individuals interested in providing comments at the meeting, reservations for presenting comments should be made as soon as possible. Reservations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Persons who are unable to obtain reservations to speak during the meeting are encouraged to submit written comments. Written comments will be accepted at the meeting site or via e-mail at If you will be e-mailing written comments, please do so by Wednesday, August 22, 2007. Please note that comments submitted to the National Mathematics Advisory Panel in any format—through e-mail, the U.S. postal service and/or in person during the public comment sessions at meetings—are considered to be part of the public record of the Panel's deliberations, and will be posted on the Web site.

The Panel has submitted its Preliminary Report to the President, through the U.S. Secretary of Education. The Preliminary Report is available at​mathpanel. The Final Report will be submitted not later than February 28, 2008, and will, at a minimum, contain recommendations on improving mathematics education based on the best available scientific evidence.

The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Individuals who will need accommodations in order to attend the meeting, such as interpreting services, assistive listening devices, or materials in alternative format, should notify Jennifer Graban at (202) 260-1491 or no later than Wednesday, August 22, 2007. We will attempt to meet requests for accommodations after this date, but cannot guarantee their availability.

Records are kept of all Panel proceedings and are available for public inspection at the staff office for the Panel, from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Dated: August 15, 2007.

Margaret Spellings,

Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.

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[FR Doc. E7-16314 Filed 8-17-07; 8:45 am]