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Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support
Due Date:  Postmarked by May 7, 2007

Introduction
Instructions
Application Forms (in Word)
FS-20 Budget Form (in Word)
Proposal Evaluation Rubric (in Word)
Attachment 1 - List of Eligible LEAs

 

The Mathematics and Science Partnerships is a competitive grant program intended to increase academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) departments in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts.

Links to the United States Department of Education guidance for this program, as well as the relevant federal statute can be found at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/mathsci/index.html.

Questions regarding this application must be emailed to emscmsp@mail.nysed.gov by March 16, 2007.

Please submit completed proposals as follows:

Send to:

New York State Education Department
Room 674 EBA
Albany, NY 12234

Number of Copies:

One (1) original and three (3) copies. No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted. Please sign the original in blue ink. 

Due Date:

Postmarked by May 7, 2007

Application Instructions

I.  Introduction/Background

In January of 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) became law. Title II, Part B of this legislation authorizes a Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) competitive grant program. The text of NCLB, Title II, Part B can be found at http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg26.html.

The intent of this grant program is to encourage local school districts and institutions of higher education to participate in professional development activities that increase the subject matter knowledge and teaching skills of teachers of mathematics, science and technology. Professional development activities must be sustained, intensive, classroom focused, and aligned with State and local learning standards and mathematics, science and technology curricula. These activities must result in a demonstrable and measurable improvement in student academic achievement in mathematics, science and technology. The emphasis of NCLB, Title II, Part B is:

For NCLB purposes, the definition of professional development can be found in Title IX, Part A, Section 9101(34), and scientifically based research can be found in Title IX, Part A, Section 9101(37). These sections of the NCLB can be found at http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg107.html

For purposes of this application, professional development is considered a minimum of 60 hours each year for three years PER PARTICIPANT of related, sustained and focused activities directly related to the specific needs of the participants.  The participants must be in the program for the entire three-year period.  Teachers must be willing to make the three-year commitment to participate in the program in order to be selected.

II.  Eligible Applicants

  1. An applicant for this grant must be a partnership that includes:

        a high-need local educational agency (see Attachment 1 for a list of eligible school districts) and

        an engineering, mathematics, or science department of a not-for-profit institution of higher education that has a registered curriculum in engineering, science or mathematics (Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965).

The high-need local education agency must be the fiscal agent of the partnership. The grant is awarded to the fiscal agent who must receive and administer the grant funds and submit the required reports.  The fiscal agent is prohibited from subgranting funds to other partners, but may contract for services with other partners or consultants to provide services that the fiscal agent cannot provide itself.  The fiscal agent will be responsible for the performance of any services provided by other partners or consultants.  Larger projects warrant full time program administrative staff.

  1. Other members of a partnership may include:

        another engineering, mathematics, science, or teacher training department of an institution of higher education;

        additional local educational agencies,

        public charter schools,

        public, private or nonpublic elementary schools or secondary schools, or a consortium of such schools;

        a business; or

        a nonprofit or for-profit organization of demonstrated effectiveness in improving the quality of instruction of mathematics and science teachers.

  1. Services under this program must be made available to private and nonpublic elementary and secondary school teachers and other educational personnel in the schools in the partnership (NCLB Title IX, Part E, Section 9501(a)). After timely and meaningful consultation with private and nonpublic school officials, the needs of the private school teachers and students shall be equitably identified and addressed.

III. NYS Competitive Priorities

Partnerships may submit separate proposals for each competitive priority. High-need local educational agencies may participate as the Lead LEA or as an additional partner in only one proposal for each priority area.
Links to the NYS learning standards for mathematics, science and technology can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/standards.html


For all of the competitive priorities, applicants must include information that:

The same teachers must participate in the proposed professional development program for three years so that the professional development is enough to significantly improve the abilities of the participating teachers.

A. Competitive PriorityĖ Mathematics Focus.

The mathematics focus has two related goals:

Proposals should be guided by the conceptual framework of the New York State Mathematics Initiative, which is designed to improve student achievement in PreK-12 mathematics programs by providing curriculum guidance, instructional resources and tools that will:

Consideration for funding will be given to proposals that target significant activities to schools identified as schools in need of improvement (SINI) in mathematics.

For more information about the NYS Mathematics Initiative, and links to resource guides, core curriculum (revised 2005), see http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/math/ and http://www.p12.nysed.gov/3-8/m-home.htm

B. Competitive PriorityĖ Science Focus.


The science focus has the goal of developing and implementing inquiry-centered and research-based professional development to improve curriculum, instruction and/or assessment practices in the sciences. The proposals, similar to the NYS mathematics initiative, should be designed to improve student achievement in PreK-12 science programs by providing guidance resources and tools that will:

Consideration for funding will be given to proposals that target significant activities to schools identified as schools in need of improvement (SINI).

For more information about the NYS Science Initiative see http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/initiative

C. Competitive Priority - Interdisciplinary (STEM) Focus

The interdisciplinary focus has the goal of developing and implementing local scientifically-based, evidence-based or inquiry-centered professional development to improve curriculum, instruction and/or assessment practices across the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The interdisciplinary focus has three goals:

Proposals for these priorities should be guided by the conceptual frameworks of the New York State Mathematics, Science and Technology Initiatives, which are designed to improve student achievement in PreK-12 Mathematics, Science and Technology programs by providing curriculum guidance, instructional resources and tools. In addition to the Mathematics and Science Initiatives mentioned in priority A and B, more information on the Technology Initiative may be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/technology/initiative/home.html.
 

IV. Allowable Activities

Funding under NCLB, Title II, Part B may be used for one or more of the activities listed below. The proposal must clearly describe how the specified activities carry out the selected competitive priority.

Funds must be used to supplement, and not supplant, funds that would otherwise be used for proposed activities.
 

V. Partners and Participating Agencies and Organizations

Application Cover Page:

Participating Schools Identification Form:


Private and Nonpublic School Consultation Form:

VI. Evaluation and Accountability Plan

The impact of each teacherís participation in a minimum of 60 hours each year for three years MSP professional development activities must be evaluated annually. Knowledgeable staff and funds dedicated to this activity are essential. The Evaluation Plan Template in application form should be used to present the evaluation plan. The plan should include rigorous indicators and benchmarks that measure the impact of the activities carried out in each program year, including:

VII. Size and Duration of Grants

Grants will be awarded for three years, for the following project periods:

Funding for the second and third years will be contingent upon the availability of funds from the United States Department of Education and satisfactory program performance and reporting.


Funds are divided equally among the three competitive priorities. Thirty three percent (33%) of the funds will support projects with a mathematics focus. Thirty three percent (33%) of the funds will support projects with a science focus and thirty three percent (33%) of the funds will be support projects that integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) disciplines. If funds remain for a competitive priority after all grants in that priority area have been awarded, the remaining funds will be divided equally between the other priority areas.


Applicants may apply for up to the following amounts per year depending on the number of teachers to be served:
 

Number of Teachers to Be Served:

Per Year Grant Amounts

200 or more

Up to $800,000

Between 100 and 200

Up to $500,000

100 or fewer

Up to $200,000

Applicants must complete the Three-Year Budget Summary Chart in the application. However, the Budget Category and Narrative forms and the FS-20 Budget Summary Form must be completed for the first year only.

VIII. Method of Award

Proposals will initially be reviewed to determine eligibility and completeness. Incomplete proposals and proposals postmarked after May 7, 2007 will not be reviewed. The funding requested must be within the allowable award amount based on the number of teachers to be served. The decision of the Department is final and will be communicated to applicants in writing.

Each eligible proposal will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. Each reviewer will score the Proposal Narrative and Budget according to the indicated point criteria. Their scores will be averaged to determine the final average score for each proposal.  If the two scores of a proposal differ by 20 points or more, the proposal will be scored by a third reviewer.  The two closest scores will be averaged to determine the final average score.

Budgets will be adjusted to eliminate any unallowable or inappropriate expenditures.

Proposals that receive a final average score of 75 or more will be considered for funding. 

Proposals will be placed in order of final average scores from highest to lowest in each of the following categories and subcategories:

Category 1, Mathematics Focus (33% of available funds):

Subcategory 1: Proposals with a mathematics focus that have one or more participating SINI-math schools.

Subcategory 2: Remaining proposals with a mathematics focus.

Category 2, Science Focus (33% of available funds):

Subcategory 1: Proposals with a science focus that have one or more participating SINI schools.

Subcategory 2: Remaining proposals with a science focus.

Category 3, Interdisciplinary (STEM) (33% of available funds):

Subcategory 1: Proposals with an interdisciplinary focus that have one or more participating SINI schools.

Subcategory 2: Remaining proposals with an interdisciplinary STEM focus.

Within each category, grants will be awarded in the full amount of the budget, as adjusted, to projects:

If within any category there are insufficient funds to fund the next ranked proposal in full, then the next ranked applicant will be given the opportunity to operate a smaller program using the remaining funds.

In the event of tie scores, the score on the following parts of the Project Narrative will be used to determine the higher ranking:

If funds remain for a competitive priority after all grants in that priority area have been awarded, the remaining funds will be divided equally between the other priority areas.

IX. Submission of the Proposal/Application

Listed below are the required components of an acceptable proposal, in the order that they should appear. The Proposal Narrative must use at least 12-point font and not exceed 20 pages. This limit does not apply to any of the required forms in the application including the Budget Category and Narrative and FS-20 forms.

 
Applicants must submit one original and three copies of the full proposal to the Department. Fax and e-mail transmissions are not acceptable. To be considered for funding, proposals must be postmarked no later than the due date. Incomplete proposals and proposals received postmarked after the due date will not be reviewed.
 

X. Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients must report annually to the United States Department of Education and the NYS Education Department on progress in meeting the objectives and annual targets described in the partnershipís proposal. Continuation funding for 7/1/2008 through 6/30/2009 and 7/1/2009 through 6/30/2010 will be tied to satisfactory data and reporting. Prior agreement on collecting pertinent project evaluation data must be arranged with school district personnel responsible for collecting and analyzing student and teacher data. Further information regarding reporting requirements and forms will be made available on the Departmentís EMSC MSP website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/msp/.


Information on the direction of related federal reporting requirements can be found at
http://www.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/2005plan/edlite-esea-mathematics.html.
 


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Application Forms (in Word)

3/6/07