Our second academic year enabled the Academy to embark in new directions. At the conclusion of the 1988 spring legislative session, the Academy's budget review process was transferred from the Illinois State Board of Education to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. We are grateful to all who have helped shape the Academy into the unique institution that it is today. We extend special thanks to Superintendent of Education Dr. Ted Sanders and the staff at the State Board of Education for their leadership. With their assistance and support, the Academy was able to achieve significant growth within a limited time frame.
There is national recognition of our country's decline in student achievement in mathematics and science. The initiative that led to the establishment of the Academy is now visible in other states. This fall, Texas, South Carolina and Mississippi opened residential schools for students gifted in mathematics and science. As similar institutions emerge throughout the country, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy stands as evidence that Illinois is committed to addressing this pressing educational concern.
Excerpt: From the President
IMSA Fund, "Annual Report 1987-1988" (1988). IMSA Fund Reports. 8.