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Math/Science Partnership

The Math Science Partnership (MSP) Program was created under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), which reauthorized the elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The MSP Program is intended to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts. Other partners may include state education agencies, public charter schools, or other public schools, businesses, and nonprofit or for-profit organizations concerned with mathematics and science education.

The Math Science Partnership Program is a formula grant program, with the size of the individual state award is based on student population and poverty rates. No state receives less than one half of one percent of the total appropriation. With these funds, each state is responsible for administering a competitive grant competition, in which grants are made to partnerships to improve teacher knowledge in mathematics and science. Each partnership provides professional development to a cohort group of thirty classroom teachers. The teachers in each partnership include mathematics, science, and special education teachers. The partnership develops an evaluation and accountability plan for the activities of the project. West Virginia has three partnerships that are completing the first three year cycle of grants.  Currently, there are nine active partnerships located across the state.

Teresa Hammond
West Virginia Math Science Partnership Coordinator

2014 RFP

Release Date - October 7, 2014
Proposals Due - December 10, 2014