Secondary Mathematics Teacher Support
The Secondary Mathematics Teacher Support (SMTS) program was designed 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 14 grants awarded, partnerships were formed which involved:
- 41 school districts
- 82 campuses
- 391 teachers
- 5 regional Education Service Centers
- 13 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.
Evaluation progress reports are due from grantees through the grant period. 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
Percentage of teachers receiving math higher education credits
Attendance rates, graduation rate, and dropout rate of students whose teachers participated in the program
Information on the possible impact of the program on the campus or district graduation rate.
- 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:
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title II, Part B, Mathematics & Science Partnerships Resources
Sarah Averill (Funding)
Nicole Chupka (Program)
Federal & State Education Policy
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