The goal of the Texas Mathematics and Science Partnership Professional Development Network (TxMSP Network) program is to improve the academic achievement of K-12 students in the areas of science and math by:
- Providing sustained professional development and mentoring to math and science educators
- Increasing teachers’ content knowledge in STEM subjects
- Recruiting and certifying math and science teachers to address teacher shortages in these critical areas.
Teachers participating in a collaborative complete 85-105 hours annually of professional development aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
During the 2012-2013 school year, the Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) supported:
- 34 science collaboratives
- 24 math collaboratives
- 58 institution of higher education (IHE) partners
- 9,282 classroom teachers
- 759,160 students
MSP-funded projects report annually to U.S. Department of Education through the state agency, using the online Federal Annual Performance Report (APR). The APR collects data on increases in teacher content knowledge, student performance on state assessments, and program evaluation designs. Grantee reports quarterly to TEA.
Funding information for the previous nine years are provided below:
|Fiscal Year||Funding Period||Amount|
| FY 2013|| October 1,2012 – August 31,2014|| $10,000,000|
| FY 2012|| July 1, 2011 – August 31, 2013 || $10,000,000|
| FY 2011|| July 1, 2010 – August 31, 2012|| $15,000,000|
| FY 2010|| July 1, 2009 – August 31, 2011|| $12,600,000|
| FY 2009|| July 1, 2008 – August 31, 2010|| $12,183,678|
| FY 2008|| July 1, 2007 – August 31, 2009|| $11,983,678|
| FY 2007|| July 1, 2006 – August 31, 2008|| $10,877,560|
| FY 2006|| July 1, 2005 – August 31, 2007|| $12,050,000|
| FY 2005|| July 1, 2004 – August 31, 2006|| $ 5,931,284|
TxMSP Network grants have been awarded to the Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) at the University of Texas, most recently through a competitive process in July 2010.
Laws and Rules
This statute requires states to award competitive grants to eligible partnerships between an engineering, mathematics, or science department of an institution of higher education and one or more high-need Local Education Agencies (LEAs). High-need LEA is defined as an LEA where 40% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title II, Part B, Math & Science Partnership (MSP)