Projects

Math and Science Partnership Program: Intermediate Trends in Math and Science Partnership Changes in Student Achievement With Management Information System

Project Overview

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program responds to a growing national concern about improving the educational performance of U.S. children in mathematics and science. Through MSP, NSF awards competitive merit-based grants to teams of institutions of higher education, local K–12 school systems, and their supporting partners.

The MSP seeks to—

  • Enhance schools’ capacity to provide challenging curricula for all students and encourage more students to succeed in advanced courses in mathematics and science.
  • Increase the number, quality, and diversity of mathematics and science teachers.
  • Engage and support scientists, mathematicians, and engineers at local universities and local industries to work with K–12 educators and students.
  • Contribute to a greater understanding of how students learn mathematics and science effectively and how teacher preparation and professional development can be improved.
  • Promote institution and organizational change in education systems to sustain partnerships’ promising practices and policies.

For this study, Insight—

  • Conducted trend analyses of student achievement data from the inception of MSP projects through each new reporting year
  • Tested operations and logistics to assess timeliness, completeness, management, cost containment, and communication
  • Engaged subject matter experts and practitioners for input to ensure findings were useful for MSP study stakeholders
  • Developed interim reports and briefings to address progress to date, preliminary analysis, and emerging issues
  • Prepared a final technical report and dissemination plan

Products

Interim reports 2013, 2014; final report 2014; final technical and dissemination plan 2015