Introduced in the House January 10, 2007
Reported (as amended) by the Committee March 28, 2007
Passed by the House on April 24, 2007
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The bill implements most of the K–12 science education recommendations of the National Academies report, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future.” It establishes a teacher education program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to encourage math, science, and engineering faculty to work with education faculty to improve the education of mathematics and science teachers and to provide scholarships to students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields who commit to becoming mathematics and science teachers at elementary and secondary schools; authorizes summer teacher training institutes at NSF and DOE to improve the content knowledge and pedagogical skills of in-service mathematics and science teachers, including preparing them to teach challenging course in science and math such as the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses; requires that NSF include support for master’s degree programs for in-service mathematics and science teachers within the NSF Math and Science Partnerships; authorizes funding for the NSF STEM Talent Expansion program and expands the program to include centers for improving undergraduate STEM education; and establishes a laboratory science pilot project at NSF.