COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 91

April 28, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Program

 

Title II, Part B, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 authorizes a Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) competitive grant program. The intent of this program is to encourage institutions of higher education, school divisions, elementary schools, and secondary schools to participate in professional development activities that increase the subject matter knowledge and teaching skills of mathematics and science teachers. Core partners in these grants must include the mathematics, science, and/or engineering department of an institution of higher education and a high-needs school division. Partners may also include other school divisions, institutions of higher education, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

 

The Virginia Department of Education is responsible for the administration of this program. In this competition, MSP grants will be awarded to support successful proposals that will provide programs and resources to offer high-quality professional development for (1) elementary (K-5) science teachers in schools Accredited with Warning in science; and (2) secondary Algebra I teachers in high schools with pass rates less than 70 percent on the Algebra I end-of-course Standards of Learning (SOL) test for the entire 2004-2005 testing year.

 

For elementary science, the Virginia Department of Education will award up to $225,000 per grant for the first year of the program. A program is expected to continue for three years, with subsequent funding in years two and three based on adequate performance in the current grant cycle and the continuation of funds from the United States Department of Education.

 

For high school mathematics, the Virginia Department of Education will award up to $225,000 per grant for the first year of the program. A program is expected to continue for three years, with subsequent funding in years two and three based on adequate performance in the current grant cycle and the continuation of funds from the United States Department of Education.

 

The Request for Proposals is attached to this memorandum. Completed proposals must be received by the Virginia Department of Education no later than 4 p.m. on June 30, 2006. The deadline for submission of the Intent to Submit Form is May 19, 2006. For additional information, please contact Paula Klonowski, science specialist, Office of Elementary Instruction, by e-mail at Paula.Klonowski@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 371-0249.

 

PIW/PK/yba

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf091a.doc