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MSP Goals, Structure, and Composition

The Math and Science Partnership Program at NSF - An Overview

MSP Goals, Structure, and Composition | MSP Partnerships State-by-State

MSP Research, Evaluation, & Technical Assistance Projects State-by-State

MSP Partners | NSF's MSP at a Glance

MSP Aurora

MSP Goals

MSP serves students and educators by emphasizing strong partnerships that tackle local needs and build grassroots support to:

  • Enhance schools’ capacity to provide challenging curricula for all students and encourage more students to succeed in advanced courses in mathematics and the sciences;
  • Increase the number, quality and diversity of mathematics and science teachers, especially in underserved areas;
  • 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 effectively learn mathematics and science and how teacher preparation and professional development can be improved; and
  • Promote institutional and organizational change in education systems — from kindergarten through graduate school — to sustain partnerships’ promising practices and policies.

MSP Structure and Composition

Four components make up the MSP program.

  • Comprehensive Partnerships implement change across the K-12 continuum in mathematics, science, or both.
  • Targeted Partnerships focus on improved student achievement in a narrower grade range or disciplinary focus in mathematics and/or science.
  • Institute Partnerships develop mathematics and science teachers as school- and district-based intellectual leaders and master teachers.
  • Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance (RETA) activities assist partnership awardees in the implementation and evaluation of their work.

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