(1) In general
The Director, through the Research, Evaluation and Communication Division of the Education and Human Resources Directorate of the Foundation, shall evaluate the effectiveness of all undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, or technology education activities supported by the Foundation in increasing the number and quality of students, including individuals identified in section 1885a
of this title studying toward and completing associates or baccalaureate degrees in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. In conducting the evaluation, the Director shall consider information on
(A) the number of students enrolled in undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and technology programs;
(B) student academic achievement, including quantifiable measurements of students mastery of content and skills;
(C) persistence to degree completion, including students who transfer from science, mathematics, engineering, and technology programs to programs in other academic disciplines; and
(D) placement during the first year after degree completion in post-graduate education or career pathways.
(2) Assessment benchmarks and tools
The Director, through the Research, Evaluation and Communication Division of the Education and Human Resources Directorate of the Foundation, shall establish a common set of assessment benchmarks and tools, and shall enable every Foundation-sponsored project to incorporate the use of these benchmarks and tools in their project-based assessment activities.
(3) Reports to Congress
Not later than 3 years after December 19, 2002, and once every 3 years thereafter, the Director shall transmit to the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate a report containing the results of evaluations under paragraph (1).
The Director shall
(1) provide for the dissemination of the results of the evaluations conducted pursuant to this section to the public; and
(2) provide notice to the public that such evaluations are available.