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Secondary Mathematics Teacher Support


The Secondary Mathematics Teacher Support (SMTS) program was designed to improve the academic achievement of students in the area of mathematics by encouraging local educational agencies (LEAs), Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), and secondary schools to collaborate on secondary mathematics teacher professional development. Projects in the grant deliver professional development in which:

  • Professional development is focused on mathematics content;
  • Mathematics teachers in secondary schools work together with college and university mathematicians to increase teacher subject matter knowledge;
  • Secondary mathematics teachers have access to IHE resources and facilities;
  • Projects develop more rigorous mathematics curricula that are aligned with challenging innovative state and local academic content standards.


In accordance with Title II, Part B, and TEA requirements, an eligible partnership for this grant shall include the following:

  • A mathematics department of an IHE and
  • One or more high-need LEAs; with ”high-need” defined as an LEA in which at least 40% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, based on Texas Department of Agriculture data for the 2010–2011 school year.  


Of the 12 grants awarded, partnerships were formed which involved: 

  • 19 school districts
  • 57 campuses
  • 150 teachers
  • 3 regional Education Service Centers
  • 12 Institutions of Higher Education.

Each STMS project provided an intensive Summer Institute for teacher professional development. Summer Institutes provided instruction for:

  • Minimum of ten days 
  • Minimum of four days of follow up during subsequent school year.

Grantees report on performance measures that include:

  • Number and type of professional development activities
  • Gains in teacher mathematics content knowledge, measured through pre and post training assessments
  • Percentage of students who pass mathematics state assessments whose teachers participated in the program

Funding Information

  • Continuation Cycle / Grant (September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013):  $1,105,917
  • FY 2011: Grant period funding (June 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012):  $2,864,914


List of Awardees:

  • Alice ISD
  • Crowley ISD
  • ESC Region 06
  • ESC Region 12
  •  Galveston ISD
  •  Mathis ISD
  • San Antonio ISD
  • School of Excellence in Education
  • Sulphur Springs ISD
  •  Texarkana ISD
  • Texas A&M Corpus Christi 
  • University of Texas at Tyler

Laws and Rules

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title II, Part B, Mathematics & Science Partnerships Resources

This statute requires states to award competitive grants to eligible partnerships between an engineering, mathematics or science department of an institution of Higher Education (IHE) and one or more high-need Local Education Agencies (LEAs). High need LEA is defined as an LEA where 40% or more of the students are eligible for free/reduced lunch.


Sarah Averill (Funding)
Grants Administration
(512) 463-8525

Sara Grunberger (Program)
Federal & State Education Policy 
(512) 463-8254

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