EXECUTIVE
ORDER
EO 13398
Effective Date: April 21, 2006

Responsible Office: Office of the Administrator
Subject: National Mathematics Advisory Panel

 National Mathematics Advisory Panel

                By the authority vested in me as President by the 
                Constitution and the laws of the United States of 
                America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

                Section 1. Policy. To help 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, it shall be the policy of the United States 
                to foster greater knowledge of and improved performance 
                in mathematics among American students.

                Sec. 2. Establishment and Mission of Panel. (a) There 
                is hereby established within the Department of 
                Education (Department) the National Mathematics 
                Advisory Panel (Panel).

                    (b) The Panel shall advise the President and the 
                Secretary of Education (Secretary) consistent with this 
                order on means to implement effectively the policy set 
                forth in section 1, including with respect to the 
                conduct, evaluation, and effective use of the results 
                of research relating to proven-effective and evidence-
                based mathematics instruction.

                Sec. 3. Membership and Chair of Panel. (a) The Panel 
                shall consist of no more than 30 members as follows:

                    (i) no more than 20 members from among individuals 
                not employed by the Federal Government, appointed by 
                the Secretary for such terms as the Secretary may 
                specify at the time of appointment; and
                    (ii) no more than 10 members from among officers 
                and employees of Federal agencies, designated by the 
                Secretary after consultation with the heads of the 
                agencies concerned.
                    (b) From among the members appointed under 
                paragraph(3)(a)(i) of this order, the Secretary shall 
                designate a Chair of the Panel.
                    (c) Subject to the direction of the Secretary, the 
                Chair of the Panel shall convene and preside at 
                meetings of the Panel, determine its agenda, direct its 
                work and, as appropriate to deal with particular 
                subject matters, establish and direct the work of 
                subgroups of the Panel that shall consist exclusively 
                of members of the Panel.

                Sec. 4. Report to the President on Strengthening 
                Mathematics Education. In carrying out subsection 2(b) 
                of this order, the Panel shall submit to the President, 
                through the Secretary, a preliminary report not later 
                than January 31, 2007, and a final report not later 
                than February 28, 2008. Both reports shall, at a 
                minimum, contain recommendations, based on the best 
                available scientific evidence, on the following:

                    (a) the critical skills and skill progressions for 
                students to acquire competence in algebra and readiness 
                for higher levels of mathematics;
                    (b) the role and appropriate design of standards 
                and assessment in promoting mathematical competence;
                    (c) the processes by which students of various 
                abilities and backgrounds learn mathematics;
                    (d) instructional practices, programs, and 
                materials that are effective for improving mathematics 
                learning;

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                    (e) the training, selection, placement, and 
                professional development of teachers of mathematics in 
                order to enhance students' learning of mathematics;
                    (f) the role and appropriate design of systems for 
                delivering instruction in mathematics that combine the 
                different elements of learning processes, curricula, 
                instruction, teacher training and support, and 
                standards, assessments, and accountability;
                    (g) needs for research in support of mathematics 
                education;
                    (h) ideas for strengthening capabilities to teach 
                children and youth basic mathematics, geometry, 
                algebra, and calculus and other mathematical 
                disciplines;
                    (i) such other matters relating to mathematics 
                education as the Panel deems appropriate; and
                    (j) such other matters relating to mathematics 
                education as the Secretary may require.

                Sec. 5. Additional Reports. The Secretary may require 
                the Panel, in carrying out subsection 2(b) of this 
                order, to submit such additional reports relating to 
                the policy set forth in section 1 as the Secretary 
                deems appropriate.

                Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be 
                implemented in a manner consistent with applicable law, 
                including section 103 of the Department of Education 
                Organization Act (20 U.S.C. 3403), and subject to the 
                availability of appropriations.

                    (b) The Department shall provide such 
                administrative support and funding for the Panel as the 
                Secretary determines appropriate. To the extent 
                permitted by law, and where practicable, agencies 
                shall, upon request by the Secretary, provide 
                assistance to the Panel.
                    (c) The Panel shall obtain information and advice 
                as appropriate in the course of its work from:
                    (i) officers or employees of Federal agencies, 
                unless otherwise directed by the head of the agency 
                concerned;
                    (ii) State, local, territorial, and tribal 
                officials;
                    (iii) experts on matters relating to the policy set 
                forth in section 1;
                    (iv) parents and teachers; and
                    (v) such other individuals as the Panel deems 
                appropriate or as the Secretary may direct.
                    (d) Members of the Panel who are not officers or 
                employees of the United States shall serve without 
                compensation and may receive travel expenses, including 
                per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law 
                for persons serving intermittently in Government 
                service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707), consistent with the 
                availability of funds.
                    (e) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 
                as amended (5 U.S.C. App.) (the ``Act'), may apply to 
                the administration of any portion of this order, any 
                functions of the President under that Act, except that 
                of reporting to the Congress, shall be performed by the 
                Secretary in accordance with the guidelines issued by 
                the Administrator of General Services.
                    (f) This order is not intended to, and does not, 
                create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, 
                enforceable by any party at law or in equity against 
                the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, 
                officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

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                Sec. 7. Termination. Unless hereafter extended by the 
                President, this Advisory Panel shall terminate 2 years 
                after the date of this order.

                    (Presidential Sig.)B

                THE WHITE HOUSE,

                    April 18, 2006.
		

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