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Impact of MSP Professional Development on the Quality of Instruction in Middle-School Mathematics & Science Classrooms
The purpose of this Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) study is to assess the impact of MSP-supported professional development (PD) on the quality of instructional practice in middle schools. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) will be partnering with Eastern Michigan University to conduct the multi-site study which will be focused on mathematics classrooms.

Focusing on the crucial link between PD and instructional practice, the three-year study addresses the following research questions:
1. To what extent do professional development activities supported by MSP exhibit features of high-quality professional development as identified in prior research? Do teachers in MSP districts receive higher-quality PD than comparable teachers in non-MSP districts?
2. What are the effects of professional development activities supported by MSP on the quality of instruction in middle-school mathematics classrooms?
3. To what extent are features of high-quality professional development identified in prior research related to the quality of instruction in middle-school mathematics classrooms?

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The RETA and MSP Partnership: Developing Knowledge from Research and Evaluation Support
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Impact of Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Professional Development on the Quality of Instruction in Middle-School Mathematics Classrooms
Posted by: Beth (Mary) Kubitskey. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Eastern Michigan University are conducting a multi-site study focusing on the crucial link between professional development (PD) and instructional practice in mathematics and…