The Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) program (Title II, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended) provides funds to states through a formula that takes into account its student population and poverty rates. States are required to hold competitions and make awards to projects that improve the content knowledge of teachers and increase student learning in mathematics and science. To learn more about State run MSP competitions, please contact your State MSP Coordinator (updated September 2015).
Learn more about current MSP Projects. The MSP program, now in its twelfth year of implementation as a formula program, has funded professional development opportunities to thousands of teachers throughout the United States.
Please visit the MSP Website; developed by ED in conjunction with Abt Associates in order to accommodate the growing need to share and disseminate the latest up-to-date information about MSP. The website is designed to provide administrative guidance and resources, provide news about upcoming conferences and events, and provide summaries of project goals and objectives.
MSP ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The link www.ed-msp.net provides information about the annual conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The two-day conference focus on national and state-level program management issues, review of the on-line annual reporting system, technical assistance for state coordinators and communication within the MSP program (ED-MSP Website).
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program was a major research and development effort to improve mathematics and science teaching in elementary and secondary schools. NSF’s MSP program responded to concerns over the performance of the nation’s children in mathematics and science. Institutions of higher education – their disciplinary faculty in departments of mathematics, the sciences, and/or engineering, education faculty and administrators – partnered with K-12 districts and others to effect deep, lasting improvement in K-12 mathematics and science education.
Math and Science Partnership Network (MSPnet) provides nested, interactive learning communities for NSF’s MSP and STEM+C programs. MSPnet encourages expression of divergent views and the sharing of both successes and challenges in order to create a community of learners who will collectively be enriched by the experiences of individual MSPs throughout the country.
RELATED ED OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
ACADEMIC COMPETITIVENESS GRANTS
In February 2006, President Bush signed into law a bill, Higher Ed Reconciliation Act of 2005, which provides grants for low-income first-year college students who completed a vigorous high school program. Eligible students will receive $750 for the first year and $1,300 during the second year provided that he/she has maintained at least a 3.0 GPA. For additional information regarding the Academic Competitiveness Grants, please visit: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/ac-smart.html
NATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE ACCESS TO RETAIN TALENT (SMART GRANTS)
In February 2006, President Bush signed into law a bill, Higher Ed Reconciliation Act of 2005, which provides grants to college juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in mathematics and science and have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Eligible students could receive as much as $4,000 during their junior and senior year. For additional information regarding SMART Grants, please visit: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/ac-smart.html
Taxpayer Teacher Protection Act
In November 2004, President Bush signed into law a bill that would expand student loan relief for highly qualified teachers who teach mathematics and science in high poverty K-12 schools. The bill, The Taxpayer-Teacher Protection Act (H.R. 5186), cuts off excess subsidies for student loan providers, and uses the money to expand incentives to help states and schools recruit and retain highly qualified teachers. The funds would increase student loan forgiveness from the current maximum of $5,000 to a new maximum of $17,500.
TOOLS AND RESOURCES
How to Solicit Rigorous Evaluations of Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) Projects: A User-Friendly Guide for MSP State Coordinators MS Word (May 2005) (150K) assists MSP state coordinators with a concrete, low-cost strategy to solicit rigorous evaluations of their state’s MSP projects. The guide provides concrete, step-by-step advice in three areas: (1) Overall evaluation strategy; (2) How to solicit rigorous evaluations; and (3) How to review applicants’ evaluation plans and monitor the evaluations once underway.