Thursday, March 11, 2004

Schools get grant for math, science



By Anna Guido
Enquirer contributor

EVANSTON - Part of a $35 million grant to help K-12 schools improve math and science education has arrived in Cincinnati.

Gov. Bob Taft and a team of educators from 12 school districts in Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties celebrated receipt of the National Science Foundation money Wednesday at Xavier University's Cintas Center.

"Your success in gaining this NSF funding is a tremendous achievement," Taft said.

Taft said the United States lags in math and science achievement and added that the grant will help pay for research into education reform in those areas.

"Three of 10 Ohio high school students going on to college need remedial help in math," the governor said.

Greater Cincinnati's share of the grant is between $4 million and $5 million.

The grant will pay for a five-year research project involving 400,000 students and more than 5,000 teachers in 70 Ohio and Michigan school districts.

The project will focus on determining what students and teachers need and on providing resources to improve their knowledge of math and science.

The Cincinnati school districts receiving the money make up the High AIMS Consortium, one of five Midwest partners in the project, led by Michigan State University in East Lansing. AIMS is an acronym for Achievement in Math and Science.

Michigan State will help the High AIMS Consortium and groups in Cleveland and Michigan design teaching strategies for the study period, to begin this fall.

The results will be used to develop models for improvements.

E-mail annag376@aol.com.




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