Abt Associates is a national leader in research and evaluation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and policy.
We provide policymakers and practitioners with valid and reliable evidence to improve STEM education and training programs and STEM policies. Abt has successfully completed experimental, quasi-experimental, and formative evaluations to assess the effectiveness of STEM education and training programs in a range of settings, including informal, K-12, and higher education.
Our work includes studies of professional training in STEM disciplines, STEM education, evaluations of key programs and initiatives, and technical support to networks of professionals who develop and implement new instructional and professional development innovations in STEM.
UNITED STATES: Can we increase students’ proficiency in math and science by focusing on the teachers?
In an effort to reverse a decline in students pursuing careers in math and science, the Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Program provides state grants to expand educators’ STEM knowledge and teaching skills. In addition to providing analytical and technical support, Abt Associates was chosen to compile and evaluate annual program metrics. During the 2010–2011 school year, Abt found that MSP support translated into professional development for 43,000 educators in mathematics and science who, in turn, reached more than 2.4 million students. Of participating teachers, 61 percent showed gains in their mathematics knowledge, and 69 percent had improvement in science, expected to result in their respective students performing better on state proficiency assessments.
CLIENT: Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) Program / PROJECT: The MSP Study