The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance has released a report looking at the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI).
AMSTI is a two-year program implemented by the state Department of Education that aims to boost student performance in science and math from grades K-12. Schools that are accepted to participate receive professional development for teachers; materials, equipment, and supplies for the classroom; and on-site support provided by science and math specialists. Schools are competitively selected. Math and science teachers and administrators must attend a 10-day summer institute two years in a row and participate in school-year professional development. In addition, 80 percent of math and teachers from the school must participate.
The report, "Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative," evaluated results beginning in school year 2006-2007.