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The RETA and MSP Partnership: Developing Knowledge from Research and Evaluation Support


"In late 2009, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) was awarded a Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance (RETA) grant from the National Science Foundation's Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Program to assess the impact of MSP-supported professional development (PD) on the quality of instruction in middle-school mathematics and science classrooms. To conduct this study, AIR partners with two MSPs: Greater Birmingham Math Partnership (GBMP) and Rhode Island Technology Enhanced Science (RITES). AIR is producing data collection instruments for MSP use and is serving as a data collection and analysis partner. In this session AIR will describe results of our study, share instruments, and reflect on the challenges of operating as a RETA project."