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CaMSP December/January 2015 Newsletter

CaMSP Evaluation News

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Annual Performance Report (APR): Thank you for all your help and input with the APR process. Final review of APRs and submission by CDE to USDE should be completed by mid-December. Cohort 10 first year outcomes (Math SBAC and/or Science CST) have been analyzed for each partnership and included in the uploaded evaluation reports. Each project director and the STEM office will be emailed the final version of the report by Public Works by December 15th.

Executive Summaries in Cohort 10 Year 1 Reports: Please note that Public Works included an Executive Summary in each of the local evaluation reports. Please feel free to distribute and/or review these (or the whole report) with your project partners. They are about five to eight pages in length and provide an overview of all the elements in your local evaluations.

Teacher Content Assessment: The Teacher Content Assessment administration window for Cohorts 10, 11 & 12 began November 1st and is running through January 31st. Continue to work with ERC’s This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding the delivery of the Science Assessment and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with instructions for the LMT. Remember to return materials for the Science Assessment to Kathy within one week of administration. We have a lot to score and report for the March 2016 YTD’s. Over 5,000 teachers are currently involved in CaMSP projects across the state!

Partner Survey: Please contact your core, regional and leadership team partners regarding completing a survey if they have not already done so! The partner survey is coordinated by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so please contact her with any questions. We would like to close this survey out before the break by December 18th.

The Future of Math and Science Partnership Program: The Reauthorizing of ESEA

Read the article at www.stemedcoalition.org

Congress has released the final text of the ESEA rewrite bill on November 30th. The bill is currently expected to go before a vote before the end of the year. The current bill has significant implications for the future of MSP program:

The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program, along with a number of smaller, targeted programs, would be streamlined into a large new state grants program. Under this new funding structure, districts will be able to choose from a number of allowable uses of funds for educational enrichment activities, including implementing activities such as STEM competitions, increasing access to STEM courses for underrepresented student populations, expanding STEM specialty schools, and promoting hands-on learning.

Read the NSTA Blog Article: House of Reps set to Vote on NCLB Bill Today: Updated December 3, 2015

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2016 CaMSP Learning Network Meeting

The 2016 California Mathematics and Science Partnerships (CaMSP) Learning Network Conference will be held February 23 – 24, 2016 in Sacramento at the:

Holiday Inn
300 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(Reservation info will be provided when available)

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Public Comment Invited on Science Framework Draft

Last week, Lupita Cortez Alcalá (Deputy Superintendent, Instruction & Learning Support Branch of the California Department of Education) invited public comment on the draft 2016 Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Science Framework). The Science Framework was developed to help teachers, district and county administrators, other educators, and publishers design instructional materials, curriculum, instruction, assessments, and professional learning.

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Makers Website Includes Micro-Documentaries of Females in STEM Areas

Read more at www.makers.com

MAKERS launched in 2012 and features over 3,000 videos and the stories of more than 300 women. STEM educators may find some of these short videos interesting and useful for the classroom. Searching on “math” (www.makers.com/search?s=math), “science” (www.makers.com/search?s=science), or “STEM” (www.makers.com/search?s=stem) will bring up a number of videos, including one about Maria Klawe, the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College.

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