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ERIC Number: ED508753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Portland Urban Systemic Program (USP): Five Years of Building Systemic Support for Math and Science Education Improvement, 2001-2006
Heenan, Barbara; Carroll, Becky; Allen, Kasi; Lopez, Laurie
Inverness Research Associates
Beginning in September, 2001 when the Portland Public Schools received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Urban Systemic Program (USP) initiative, the district focused, accelerated and strengthened its efforts to improve mathematics and science education K-12. Since its inception the authors at Inverness Research Associates served as the external evaluators to the Portland USP. The overarching goal of their evaluation was to document and assess the growth and development of the overall capacity of Portland Public Schools to improve K-12 mathematics and science instruction. This final report describes what they learned about the specific accomplishments of the Portland USP. It also illuminates what they learned about the realization of the district's broader vision which both pre-dates NSF funding and will remain after the grant ends--namely, the establishment of a district-wide, on-going and self-sustaining system of supports for math and science improvement. This report is organized in the following way: (1) Introduction; (2) The Portland USP; (3) The Six Cornerstone Claims; and (4) Conclusion. The authors conclude with their own thinking about the value and significance of the project. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inverness Research Associates
Identifiers - Location: Oregon