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NSF PR 03-112 - October 2, 2003

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NSF Directs $216.3M Toward Math, Science Education Improvement

ARLINGTON, Va.—The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced the award of $216.3 million in funding for the second year of its innovative Math and Science Partnerships (MSP) to improve mathematics and science education in United States and Puerto Rico schools.

Math and Science Partnerships grants unite elementary and secondary teachers and administrators with collegiate science, technology, engineering and mathematics faculty and representatives from stakeholder institutions. The partnerships focus on enhancing the quality, quantity and diversity of science and mathematics teachers, raising student achievement and offering challenging curricula at all grade levels.

"The Math and Science Partnerships are about reinvigorating mathematics and science instruction and strengthening curriculum across the United States," said Dr. Judith A. Ramaley, who leads NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources. "These awards are an investment in the talent pool of the nation's future scientists, engineers and mathematicians."

The awards will directly impact at least 2.85 million students nationwide and in Puerto Rico who learn in urban, rural, suburban and tribal nation schools.

This year's MSP funding comes in four forms: comprehensive awards, targeted awards; research, evaluation and technical assistance awards, and a Prototype Institute Partnership award.

The comprehensive awards specifically marry institutions of higher education and stakeholder organizations with elementary and secondary schools to continuously improve student achievement from the earliest grades through 12th grade.

Targeted awards are provided to improve achievement in a specific grade range or disciplinary emphasis in mathematics or the sciences.

Research, evaluation and technical assistance awards are for a broad range of research and development efforts that support the work of the partnerships, including assessment of teacher knowledge of mathematics and science.

This year's single Prototype Institute Partnership award places emphasis on improving middle and high school mathematics by emphasizing the development of school-based intellectual leaders and master teachers.

This year's MSP participants are listed on the tables below.


Attachment: Tables of FY 2003 Math and Science Partnerships Awards

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Tables of FY 2003 Math and Science Partnerships Awards

Table 1 - MSP Comprehensive Awards - FY 2003

Award #


Lead Partner

Other Partner Institutions

Primary Focus

# K-12 Students



Bunt, Nancy R.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit

IHE Partners: Carlow College, Chatham College, Robert Morris University, and Saint Vincent College; K-12 Partners: Intermediate Unit 1, Intermediate Unit 7, and subunits of Intermediate Units 4 & 28

K-12 Math and Science





University System of Georgia

IHE Partners: Univ of Georgia, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia State Univ, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern Univ, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ, Coastal Georgia Community College, Savannah State Univ; K-12 Partners: Atlanta, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Clarke, Effingham, Evans, Glynn, Jackson, Liberty, Oconee, and Screven County School Districts; State Partners: Georgia Dept of Education and Education Coordinating Council

K-12 Math and Science




Ferrini-Mundy, Joan

Michigan State University

K- 12 Partners: Ingham Intermediate School District, MI; Calhoun Intermediate School District, MI; St. Clair County Intermediate School District, MI; High AIMS Consortium, Cincinnati, OH; SMART Consortium, Cleveland, OH

K-12 Math and Science




Arce, Josefina

University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras

IHE Partners: Univ. of Puerto Rico campuses at Mayagüez, Cayey, and Humacao; Commonwealth Partner: the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE); K-12 Partner: the single island-wide K-12 public school system.

K-12 Math and Science




Huinker, DeAnn M.

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

IHE Partner: Milwaukee Area Technical College; K-12 Partner: Milwaukee Public Schools

K-12 Math




Table 2 - MSP Targeted Awards - FY 2003

Award Number


Lead Partner

Other Partner Institutions

Primary Focus

# K-12 Students

Total Budget


Martin, Gary W.

Auburn University

IHE Partner: Tuskegee University; K-12 Partners: 12 school districts in East Alabama; Other Partners: East Alabama Regional In-service Center, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama, ACCLAIM

K-8 Core Math Curriculum plus Algebra I and Geometry




Stevens, Glenn H.

Boston University

K-12 Partners:Arlington, Chelsea, Lawrence, Waltham, and Watertown, MA Public Schools; Other Partners: Education Development Center


5-12 Math




Burghardt, David M.

Hofstra University

IHE Partners:SUNY at Stony Brook; State Partner: New York State Education Department; K-12 Partners: Long Island, NY School Districts of Amityville Union Free, Brentwood Union Free, Freeport Central, Hempstead Union Free, Longwood Central, Riverhead Central, Uniondale Union Free, Westbury Union Free, William Floyd Central, and Wyandanch Union Free

Middle School Math




Merlino, F. Joseph

LaSalle University

IHE Partners: Arcadia University, Lincoln Univ., Muhlenberg Univ., Villanova Univ., West Chester Univ., Widener Univ., Bryn Mawr College, Cedar Crest College, Haverford College, Moravian College; and Lehigh Carbon County CC and Northampton CC; K-12 Partners: 32 Pennsylvania, and 14 New Jersey School Districts

Grades 6-12 Math and Science




Parravano, Carlo

Merck Institute for Science Education

IHE Partners: Keane Univ; K-12 Partners: Elizabeth, Hillside, Linden, and Rahway, NJ Public Schools; and Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Grades 6-8 Math and Science




McMullin, Kurt M.

Palo Alto Unified School District

IHE Partner: San Jose State University

K-8 Science




Nelson, George D.

Western Washington University

IHE Partners: Everett CC, Northwest Indian Col, Skagit Valley Col, Whatcom CC; K-12 Partners: Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Bellingham, Blaine, Bremerton,

Brennen, Burlington-Edison, Chimacum, Concrete, Crescent, Ferndale, La Conner, Lynden, Meridian, Mount Baker, Mount Vernon, Nooksack Valley, North Mason, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Queets-Clearwater, Quilcene, Quillayute Valley, Sedro-Woolley, and Sequim School Districts and the Lummi Tribal School

Grades 3-10 Science




Table 3 - MSP Prototype Institute Partnership Award - FY 2003

Award Number


Lead Partner

Other Partner Institutions

Primary Focus

Total Budget


Griffiths, Phillip

Institute For Advance Study

IHE Partners: University of Cincinnati, Southwest Texas State University, University of Texas-Pan American, and University of Washington; K-12 Partners: Cincinnati, Ohio; McAllen, Texas; and Seattle, Washington school districts

Middle and High School Mathematics



Table 4 - MSP Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance Awards - FY 2003

Award Number


Lead Partner

Project Focus

Key Feature/MSP Learning Network Contribution




Nelson, Barbara S.

Educational Development Center

Principal leadership in the math content areas and the relationship between this knowledge and student and teacher learning

Teacher retention; Challenging courses and curricula; Sustainability of change



Kleinman, Glenn M.

Education Development Center

Design study: Use of information and communications technologies to enhance both preservice education and inservice professional development programs within the MSPs

Teacher quality, quantity and diversity



Smith, Patrick S.

Horizon Research, Inc.

Assessment of teachers' and students' knowledge of science and the relationships between teacher and student knowledge

Teacher quality, quantity and diversity; Evidence-based design and outcomes



Falk, Joni

TERC, Inc.

MSPNet - Electronic community for MSP projects

Evidence-based design and outcomes



Maehr, Martin L.

University of Michigan

Assessment of student motivation

Challenging courses and curricula; Evidence-based design and outcomes



Hill, Heather C.

University of Michigan

Assessment of teachers' mathematical knowledge and its implications for teaching practice

Teacher quality, quantity and diversity; Challenging courses and curricula



Spillane, James

Northwestern University

Design study: Teacher leadership in the content areas

Challenging courses and curricula



Britton, Edward D.


Secondary school teacher induction, including a longitudinal study

Teacher quality and retention; Evidence-based design and outcomes



Jones, Lee

The College Board

Design study: Planning effort for change in the biology AP program

Challenging courses and curricula



Elliott, Stuart

National Academy of Sciences

Framework for science assessment

Challenging courses and curricula





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