Appalachian Math & Science Partnership (AMSP):
Research & Evaluation
Comparative Study of High School Math Students Using Distance Learning at Readiness with College Algebra Classroom Students
Technical Infrastructure for the Development and Support of Academic Partnerships
An Embedded Professional Development Model for Secondary Mathematics Teachers with an Alternative Approach to Dual Credit
Student Achievement and the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership
Overview of Effects of AMSP:
This study evaluates the effects of a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative to enhance math and science learning outcomes. The Appalachian Math and Science Partnership (AMSP) is one of the major programs funded by NSF under this initiative and we evaluate its effects on student learning. Our results show that teacher participation in AMSP is beginning to have independent, positive effects on student learning. After controlling for other variables that affect student scores, our measures of AMSP participation suggest that more hours of training and a greater share of teachers participating with the AMSP partnership program are leading to middle and high school math and science score gains. At this point, the gains are not found for elementary schools.
Overview of NSF Presentation PowerPoint:
Eugenia F. Toma and John Foster presented Student Achievement & the Appalachian Math & Science Partnership.
Presentation addressed & examined:
- Components of the partnership
- Teacher preparation in Appalachia
- Outcomes in AMSP schools over an 8 year period relative to other Kentucky schools
- If participation in AMSP increased CATS scores
Examining AMSP Partnerships: Increasing Capacity for Distributed Leadership
The hypothesis of this study is that “distributed” leadership (i.e. leadership responsibilities that are shared across institutional levels) provides an ideal structure for promoting and encouraging teacher leadership and successful university-school partnership.