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Math Science Partnership of Southwest Pennsylvania

Year Four Evaluation Report

Published Jun 11, 2007

by Cynthia A. Tananis, John F. Pane, Valerie L. Williams, Stuart S. Olmsted, Cara Ciminillo, Shannah Tharp-Gilliam

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In 2002, the National Science Foundation launched the Math and Science Partnership program. This program builds on the nation’s dedication to educational reform by supporting partnerships that unite the efforts of K–12 school districts with science, mathematics, engineering, and education faculties of colleges and universities. The Math Science Partnership of Southwest Pennsylvania (MSP) is one of seven comprehensive partnership projects funded by NSF in 2003. This working paper is the fourth in a series of annual evaluation reports that investigate the effectiveness of the partnership, its impact on institutional practices and policies at partner educational institutions, changes in math and science instruction, and changes in student course taking and outcomes. It examines the MSP in terms of what elements of the partnership seem to be working and develops hypotheses about the circumstances under which the MSP may be successful.

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