From the Education Directorate

CPSE and University of Virginia (UVA) researchers travelled to Chicago from December 11-12, 2008 for their first meeting with the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) regarding the Study of the Impact of Specialized Public High Schools of Science, Mathematics, and Technology.

Center for Psychology in Schools and Education Travels to Chicago for NSF-Sponsored Grant

CPSE and University of Virginia (UVA) researchers travelled to Chicago from December 11-12, 2008 for their first meeting with the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) regarding the Study of the Impact of Specialized Public High Schools of Science, Mathematics, and Technology. This three-year project, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on a sample of 5,000 specialized public SMT high school graduates who completed high school within the last four to six years and compares them with 1,000 similarly talented people who graduated from traditional high schools in the last four to six years. A central goal of the work is to delineate educational and career consequences for the life, physical and behavioral sciences associated with the formation of specialized public SMT high schools, and to provide insight into the educational practices that appear to be most strongly associated with these outcomes. CPSE, UVA researchers and IMSA colleagues discussed strategies for conducting the pilot phase of the study, including the development of an instrument to survey IMSA graduates about their high school experiences.

For more information, contact Rena Subotnik, Rochelle Rickoff or Ashley Edmiston.