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NSF's Math and Science Partnerships Make the Grade


Early analysis shows K-12 student proficiency rising with new educational approaches: "Elementary, middle- and high-school students participating in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program during the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 school years showed significant improvements in mathematics proficiency test scores, according to a first analysis of data the foundation has gathered.

During the same period, MSP elementary school students showed significant gains in science proficiency.

But, high-school math students showed the greatest improvement with 14.2 percent more "at or above proficiency" after one year of MSP participation. Elementary school students performed better in both math and science with 7.3 and 8.6 percent more reaching or exceeding proficiency, respectively.

These data, the first available since MSP's establishment in 2002, were collected from 130 partnership schools that received first-round awards..."

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