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National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education (NCRMSE)
1987-1996

Our Center’s work expands on work conducted by the NCRMSE. The mission of NCRMSE was to provide a research base for the reform of school mathematics.

Among its accomplishments, NCRMSE researchers:

  • refined conceptions of what it means to learn mathematics with understanding
  • documented how learning important mathematics ideas occurs in classrooms
  • developed new forms of instruction and professional development
  • played a leading role in early algebra and geometry reform.

NCRMSE director Thomas Romberg and collaborating researchers also:

  • created a national network of scholars
  • provided leadership to the national mathematics education standards movement
  • designed groundbreaking tools for teachers, including the middle-school mathematics curricula, Mathematics in Context, and the Cognitively Guided Instruction approach to elementary mathematics instruction
  • authored several publications to advance research-based reform.

NCRMSE’s director, Thomas Romberg and researcher Norm Webb provided significant leadership in the development of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics 1989 Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics and 1995 Assessment Standards for School Mathematics.