Texas Statewide MSP Professional Development Network

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).

Performance

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

Funding information for the previous nine years are provided below:

Fiscal YearFunding PeriodAmount
 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

 

Awards

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)