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Title II, Part B: MSP Program


In January of 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) became law (Public Law 107-110). Title II, Part B of this legislation authorized a Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) competitive grant program. The MSP is intended to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the subject matter 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. The MSP program is a formula grant program to the states, with the size of individual state awards based on counts of students living in poverty. With these funds, each state administers a grant competition, in which awards are made to partnerships to improve teacher knowledge and skills in mathematics and science.

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is responsible for the administration of this program. Funds available for the MSP program were awarded by the ADE to support successful proposals submitted by Arkansas’s institutions of higher education, school districts, or nonprofit organizations that have formed partnerships focused on the improvement of mathematics and/or science instruction in grades K-12. Partnerships included, at a minimum, a high-need district and a department of mathematics, science, or engineering in an institution of higher education (IHE). For the purposes of the Arkansas MSP program, ADE defines a high-need district as one that has 40% or more of the students on free or reduced lunch or has one or more schools designated as priority, focus, or needs improvement.  The priority emphasis for Arkansas’ MSP program is to develop a mathematics and/or science initiative that supports teachers’ subject matter and pedagogical knowledge development so that all students will receive rigorous, challenging mathematics and science instruction.

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Statewide Evaluation Reports

  • NORMES – State Program Evaluation, 2008-2009
  • NORMES – State Final Program Evaluation, 2009-2011
  • NORMES – State Program Evaluation, 2011-2012

Request for Proposals

Arkansas Mathematics and Science Partnership Program – To be considered, proposals must be received in the Office of Professional Development by 4:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (Posted May 9, 2013).


For more information, please contact:

Rene Carson, Title II, Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4228
Kevin Beaumont, Professional Development Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4219

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