Don’t drop the ball on test scores

Middle-school mathematics teachers Katie Laramie of the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District and Scott Hageley of the Webster Groves School District perform a experiment that will help their students better understand linear equations at a workshop held recently in Webster Groves, Mo. Middle-school mathematics teachers met this summer to strengthen curriculum thanks to the University’s Science Outreach progam, which created the St. Louis Math and Science Partnership (MSP). Designed to meet the challenges set forth by President George W. Bush in the No Child Left Behind Act, the St. Louis MSP supports teachers in raising student test scores in math and science. Supported by a five-year, $6.5 million National Science Foundation grant, the St. Louis MSP involves five local school districts, Washington University, the St. Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo, Show-Me Science Center, Cooperating School Districts and WestEd.