College and Career Readiness

Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program


Title II, Part B, Sections 2201-2203, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) authorizes the Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) program as a means to improve teacher quality in these curricular areas. The intent of the program is to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers.

To view the current IMSP projects, click on Click on the State MSP Projects link on the left side of the page and select Illinois in the drop down menu.

2014 National Youth Science Camp new

Applications to attend the 2014 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) are now available. Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent Illinois at the all-expenses paid honors program which will be held from June 27 through July 20, 2014. For more information about the NYSC, please visit . For questions about the application process, please contact Tara Bell at 217-524-4832 or by E-mail at

To apply, please download the application packet below and follow the enclosed instructions..  Applications must be received via email to Tara Bell, by May 4, 2014

Next Generation Science Standards

IMSP Illinois Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (I-STEM) Network Program

IMSP Summer Workshops/Institute

 Effective Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers

Educational research indicates that the effective use of the formative assessment process will have a positive impact on student achievement. Further, research indicates that the largest gains take place with struggling students thus improving student achievement and helping to reduce the performance gap. Effective Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers (EFAST) will provide on-line professional development that delivers focused instruction and support within a virtual professional learning community. This research-based program will offer classroom teachers an opportunity to enhance their level of effectiveness for improving student achievement and for increasing student motivation for learning.

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