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Math and Science Partnership Program

September 2002

The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program is envisioned as a five-year national effort to unite the activities of higher education institutions, K-12 school systems and other partners in support of K-12 students and teachers. The program is part of President Bush's No Child Left Behind plan to strengthen and reform K-12 education. In fiscal year 2003, the president's MSP budget request amounts to $200 million for the National Science Foundation and $12.5 million for the Department of Education.

Key Features: MSP projects seek to raise the achievement of K-12 students in mathematics and science by:

  • Stimulating partnerships among K-12 teachers and administrators, and higher education mathematics, science and engineering faculty, and administrators;
  • Ensuring that K-12 students are prepared for, have access to, and are encouraged to participate and succeed in, challenging mathematics and science courses and curricula;
  • Increasing the number, quality and diversity of K-12 teachers of mathematics and science;
  • Making evidence-based contributions to the MSP Learning Network and the learning and teaching knowledge base so research findings and successful strategies can be broadly disseminated to improve educational practice; and
  • Stimulating well-documented, inclusive and coordinated institutional change in both colleges and universities, and in local school districts to support improved student outcomes in mathematics and science.

Project Types in Fiscal Year 2003: In 2003 the MSP program will support the following project types: comprehensive and targeted; MSP Learning Network; and, currently under development, teacher institutes. Comprehensive awards will be funded for five years and for up to $7 million annually. Targeted awards will be directed toward specific issues in science or mathematics education, and will be funded for up to $2.5 million per year for up to five years.

The fiscal year 2003 MSP solicitation for comprehensive and targeted projects was released on September 30, 2002.

Program Characteristics: Mathematicians, scientists and engineers, particularly those who are faculty members in higher education organizations, play substantial roles in MSP projects. Their involvement in these projects distinguishes the MSP program from other efforts to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science.


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