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Biennial Evaluation Report - FY 93-94

Chapter 615

Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Regional Consortiums Program

(CFDA No. 84.168)

I. Program Profile

Legislation: Title II, Part A, Subpart 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Act), as amended (20 U.S.C. 2994) (expires September 30, 1999).

Purpose: The purpose of the Regional Consortiums Program is to disseminate exemplary mathematics and science education instructional materials and provide technical assistance in the implementation of teaching methods and assessment tools for use in elementary and secondary schools.

Funding History

Fiscal Year Appropriation
1992 $12,000,000
1993 13,590,000
1994 13,871,000

II. Program Information and Analysis

Population Targeting

The Department competitively awarded grants to establish and operate the Consortia to nine of its regional educational laboratories and to one non-profit organization, the College Board, which formed a regional alliance with the Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands. The 3 year grants run from October 1, 1992 through September 30, 1995.

Each of the 10 Consortia serves the States within its region. In addition to working with State and local officials, the Consortia disseminate materials and provide technical assistance to classroom teachers, administrators, and other educators.

Services

The Regional Consortia are required to provide a variety of services to support systemic reform in math and science education:

  1. Provide technical assistance to help States adopt World Class standards in mathematics and science, formulate curriculum frameworks, and develop and implement new forms of assessment, teacher in-service and pre-service education, and teacher certification consistent with these standards and frameworks.

  2. Identify and disseminate exemplary mathematics and science education materials, teaching methods, and assessment tools for use in elementary and secondary schools.

  3. Train and provide technical assistance to classroom teachers, administrators, and other educators to adapt and use the curriculum frameworks, educational materials, teaching methods, and assessment tools.

  4. Provide financial assistance, if necessary, for teachers, administrators, and other educators to help design and to participate in Consortia activities.

  5. Collaborate extensively with the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. All Consortia are to maintain on-line computer communications with the Clearinghouse and provide staff liaison.

Outcomes

Evaluation results on the contribution of the program to systemic reform in mathematics and science education will be available in FY 1997, with interim results in FY 1996. (See section IV below.)

III. Sources of Information

  1. Program files, program abstracts.

IV. Planned Studies

During FY 1993, the Department of Education began an evaluation of the Regional Consortiums Program. The purpose of the evaluation is to examine the extent to which the program is contributing to systemic reform in mathematics and science education, how it relates to other reform efforts, and how lessons learned can benefit future reform efforts. Evaluation results will be available in FY 1997, with interim results in FY 1996.

In addition, grantees are required to report to the Department on the Consortia's progress toward objectives and to collect data for evaluation. This information is not yet available.

V. Contacts for Further Information

Program Operations:
Annora Dorsey, (202) 219-1496
Program Studies:
Nancy Loy, (202) 401-1958

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