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Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Mathematics and Science

Quick Key No. 4


Mathematics and Science Partnerships

The overarching goal of Title II, Part B is to create partnerships to improve academic achievement of students in mathematics and science, raise the standards, as well as provide training for teachers. This program is specifically designed to focus on high-need schools and districts.

The U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are cooperating to support Mathematics and Science Partnerships programs. A partnership includes at least a state educational agency (if granted an award); an engineering, mathematics, or science department of an institution of higher education; and a high-need local educational agency. It focuses on:

  • The improvement and upgrade of the status and stature of mathematics and science teaching.
  • Mathematics and science teacher education as a career-long process.
  • Professional development for mathematics and science teachers.
  • Mathematics and science curricula development in alignment with challenging academic content standards.
  • Teacher training, especially in the effective integration of technology.

Every partnership receiving Title II funds must engage in activities, such as creating opportunities for professional development; promoting strong teaching skills; integrating reliable research- and technology-based teaching methods; and developing a rigorous curriculum that is aligned with challenging academic content standards. The success of partnerships will be determined based on accountability measures, including student performance, an increased number of students taking advanced courses in mathematics and science, as well as an increased number of teachers seeking careers in mathematics and science.

Funding is available each year through NSF and the Department of Education partnerships programs. Applying for Title II grants requires districts to conduct a needs assessment and develop a local improvement plan, and requires teachers to create an individual professional development plan. The Department of Education will award grants on a competitive basis directly to eligible partnerships for any fiscal year for which appropriated funds are less than $100 million. The Department will allocate funds directly to states on a formula basis, which then will be allocated to eligible partnerships on a competitive basis, for any year that the program is funded for more than $100 million. Grants will be awarded by each state to eligible local partnerships on a competitive basis for a period of three years. Funding through NSF will also be allocated on a competitive basis.

Key Questions

How is your school planning to establish a mathematics and science partnership, if any, and to carry out its related activities?

How will the funding for such a partnership ensure student achievement in mathematics and science?

What accountability measures does your school have in place to ensure the success of the mathematics and science partnership?

To what extent are mathematics and science teachers involved in the school improvement process—that is, developing a needs assessment and creating individual professional development plans?

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