National Science Foundation-Supported Science Education Materials

HRD-76-134: Published: Oct 20, 1976. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1976.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Ten projects receiving National Science Foundation money for development and distribution of science education materials were studied.

Materials evaluations were poor and often were not carried out at all stages. Potential users and distributors were not considered in developmental stages, and the projects were not monitored efficiently. Many materials were too costly or innovative to be attractive commercially or to schools. Followup studies of materials' impact were rarely funded.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Matter: Congress should advise the Foundation whether to support commercially unattractive materials. The Foundation should be committed to administrative and financial support of evaluating education materials, requiring proposals to contain a separate evaluation plan indicating materials' objectives, an accomplishment evaluation design following set guidelines, and a budget line item for evaluation. Mandatory evaluation reports should be thoroughly reviewed by Foundation staff and offered as part of the materials package. Publishers and potential users should be included as proposal reviewers and reviewers during development. Guidelines should be established for project monitoring and progress reports.


Explore the full database of GAO's Open Recommendations »

Feb 22, 2018

Feb 7, 2018

Jan 23, 2018

Dec 18, 2017

Nov 30, 2017

Sep 20, 2017

Sep 14, 2017

Sep 13, 2017

Jul 18, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here