commercial sector to build capacity to undertake these studies of mathematics curricular effectiveness.

The committee recognizes the complexity and urgency of the challenge, and argues that we should avoid seemingly attractive, but oversimplified, solutions. Although the corpus of evaluations is not sufficient to directly resolve the debates on curricular effectiveness, we believe that in the controversy surrounding mathematics curriculum evaluation, an opportunity exists to forge solutions through negotiation of perspective, to base our arguments on empirical data informed by theoretical clarity, and to build in a critical degree of coherence that is often missing from curricular choice, that is, feedback from careful, valid, and rigorous study. Our intention in presenting this report is to help the nation to take advantage of this opportunity.

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