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84.366 Mathematics and Science Partnerships

AUTHORIZATION:

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title II, Part B.
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To improve the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by encouraging States, IHEs, LEAs, and elementary and secondary schools to participate in programs that: improve and upgrade the status and stature of mathematics and science teaching by encouraging IHEs to improve mathematics and science teacher education; focus on the education of mathematics and science teachers as a career-long process; bring mathematics and science teachers together with scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to improve their teaching skills; and develop more rigorous mathematics and science curricula that are aligned with state and local academic achievement standards that reflect expectations for postsecondary study in engineering, mathematics, and science.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

This program supports State and local efforts to improve students' academic achievement in mathematics and science by promoting strong teaching skills for elementary and secondary school teachers, including by integrating teaching methods based on scientifically based research and technology into the curriculum. Grantees may also use program funds to develop more rigorous mathematics and science curricula that are aligned with challenging State and local content standards; establish distance learning programs for mathematics and science teachers; and recruit individuals with mathematics, science, and engineering majors into the teaching profession through the use of signing and performance incentives, stipends, and scholarships. Professional development can include summer workshops, or institutes and programs that bring mathematics and science teachers into contact with working scientists, mathematicians, and engineers in order to expand teachers' subject-matter knowledge.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   The Department awards 3-year grants directly to partnerships on a competitive basis when the appropriation for the program is less than $100 million. If the appropriation reaches or exceeds $100 million, as has been the case since fiscal year 2003, the Department provides grants to States by formula based on the number of children aged 5 to 17 who are from families with incomes below the poverty line; States then award the funds competitively to partnerships. Eligible partnerships must include the State educational agency (if the Department is awarding the grants directly to partnerships); an engineering, mathematics, or science department of an institution of higher education (IHE); and a high-need local educational agency (LEA). In addition, partnerships may include another engineering, mathematics, science, or teacher training department of an IHE; additional LEAs, public charter schools, public or private elementary or secondary schools; a business; or a nonprofit or for-profit organization of demonstrated effectiveness in improving the quality of mathematics and science teachers.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   University staff, school administrators, teachers, students, parents and the community.

Credentials/Documentation:   No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Eligible partnerships submit an application directly to the Department when the program's appropriation is less than $100 million. Partnerships submit an application to the State if the appropriation is $100 million or greater.

Award Procedure:   The Department awards grants to States by formula. States then award grants to eligible partnerships.

Deadlines:   Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

Not Applicable.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

Not Applicable.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Grants are awarded for a period of not more than three years. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) of State-administrered programs (34 CFR Part 76). Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. The State will correct deficiencies in program operations that are identified through audits, monitoring, or evaluation. In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in the Appendix to 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistnce of $300,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $300,000 whin the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance wht the Appendix to Part 80, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate.

Records:   Records must be maintained for three years. In all cases of audit questions, records must be maintained until resolution has occurred.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

91-1000-0-1-501.

Obligations:   (Formula Grants) FY 08 $178,978,000; FY 09 est $178,978,000; FY 10 est $178,978,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

FY15 Range: $759,767-$18,451,555;Average: $2,713,454.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. For further guidance and other information, contact the Program Office.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Ivonne Jaime, Office of Academic Improvement, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: ivonne.jaime@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-1519.

Web Site Address:  
http://www.ed.gov/programs/mathsci/index.html

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Selection criteria are contained in the program guidelines. Contact the Program Office for more information.

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