ICF International and its partners conducted the program evaluation of New Jersey’s Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program, assisting New Jersey’s Department of Education (NJDOE) in increasing the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of their classroom teachers.
NJDOE partnered with three lead agencies: Rutgers University, Rowan University, and Montclair University to produce the New Jersey Math Science Partnership (MSP) Institutes, each of which developed a unique curriculum and professional development schedules across 68 school districts, and 73 public and nonpublic schools. The ICF team worked closely with the three lead agencies and NJDOE in implementing a quasi-experimental design that compared teachers receiving the MSP professional development to similar teachers not receiving MSP professional development. Ultimately the evaluation contributed to the U.S. Department of Education’s research on the impact of various professional development strategies on student achievement.
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