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Program A: Instruction

Program Authorization: R.S. 17:1751 through 2754; and 2757 through 2759; R.S. 36:651 (D)(6)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of LaSIP’s Instruction Program is to promote K-12 mathematics and science education with full integration of technology to prepare Louisiana students for workforce and societal needs of the 21st century.

The goals of the Instruction Program are:

  1. Stimulate and support mathematics, science, and technology professional development programs for teachers throughout Louisiana.
  2. Promote enhanced student achievement by support the implementation of relevant curricula and assessment methods which fully integrate appropriate technology.
  3. Evaluate the impact of LaSIP’s efforts since 1992 on student, teachers, and schools throughout Louisiana and determine the implications of these findings for future directions regarding statewide reform.

The Instruction Program includes the following activities:

1. Professional Development Projects - Professional development projects are developed through meaningful collaboration among school systems and universities. These projects are competitively funded based on recommendations of out-of-state consultants knowledgeable about standards-based mathematics and science education. The projects are designed to enhance teachers’ content knowledge, improve instruction and assessment approaches, and integrate appropriate technology through real-world problems. In FY 1997-98, 963 teachers from 421 schools in 60 districts participated in LaSIP/Delta RSI professional development projects. The total number of teachers who have participated in LaSIP professional development projects since 1992 is approximately 5,800 from all 66 school districts. These teachers are impacting about 250,000 students during AY 1998-99. The cost per participant in FY 1997-98 was approximately $ 3,500 for 120-200 hours of contact over a full year. LaSIP projects provide $400 of classroom materials to each participant with LaSIP paying half and the participant’s school paying the other half.

Since 1991, BESE and BoR have each provided $1 million per year from LEQSF funds, and BoR has allocated Louisiana’s higher education Eisenhower funds (approximately $ 1million per year) to the LaSIP Professional Development Initiative. The funding cycle for LaSIP professional development projects is fifteen months, allowing projects to be funded for more than one fiscal year. FY 1997-98 funding for LaSIP professional development projects was approximately $3.6 million.

2. Advanced Math Project – Known as the Advanced Mathematics Project (AMT) during 1995-97 and Louisiana Mathematics and Science Technology Project (LaMaST) during 1997-99, is designed to put graphing calculators and calculator-based laboratories (CBLs) in the hands of high school students enrolled in mathematics and science classes and to assist their teachers in understanding and using this technology. This project, a collaboration among the state's mathematics and science teacher and supervisor professional organizations, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE), and LaSIP, help ensure that Louisiana high school students are competitive with the rest of the nation. Graphing calculators are now being allowed on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT), the American College Test (ACT), and the Advanced Placement (AP) Test. The Advanced Math Technology project supplies graphing calculators and calculator-based laboratories to all project participants at a per pupil expenditure of approximately $13. Survey data collected from students during Spring 1998 indicated that 83% of the students thought the equipment helped them understand mathematics and science better, 69% reported that their grades had improved, and 74% replied that they enjoyed mathematics and science more when they used the equipment. Louisiana ACT scores in 1997-98 were 18.8, up 0.2 from the baseline years of AY 1993-94 (18.6) and AY 1994-95 (18.6). LaSIP and the professional organizations contribute funds and human resources to provide professional development of teachers. In FY 1998-99, LaMaST has involved 175 teachers from 74 schools and 39 districts in the program. The final workshop will be held in January 1999 for the remaining 25 participants. Since 1995, a total of 800 secondary mathematics and science teachers have participated in the AMT and LaMaST programs, impacting over 70,000 students. BESE has allocated over $1.3 million to the program.

3. Technology In Education Grant – In September 1998 NSF funded a two-year Technology in Education (TIE) grant. The "Delta Framework for Integrating Technology (Delta In Tech)," developed and administered by LaSIP, is a two-year $482,000 project, which provides professional development for rural districts as they implement technology.

LaSIP received notification in November 1997 that NSF had funded a five-year Rural Systemic Initiative (RSI) for the Delta regions of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. LaSIP administers the Louisiana professional development and leadership components of that initiative which, including BoR and BESE funds of $200,000 each, will involve over $500,000 annually. The Delta RSI, which targets 21 rural parishes in the delta region, is a subprogram of LaSIP. The timing of the award announcement in late 1997 precluded development and implementation of a special solicitation and review for Delta RSI Professional Development Proposals for FY 1998-99. A portion of the Delta RSI BESE/BoR professional development funds were allocated to projects located in the Delta parishes and recommended for funding through the LaSIP review process, leaving a substantial amount of BESE funds uncommitted before the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 1998. LaSIP requested, and was granted, special permission to fund smaller $15,000 grants to single district or consortium of districts for district professional development projects. LaSIP/Delta RSI solicited proposals from Delta RSI parishes and provided special assistance to improve the proposals. Total funds disbursed for this one-time program totaled $131,771.81 to nine parishes/consortia with contributed funds form districts for $80,384. Beginning with the FY 199-200 LaSIP will commit all BESE funds to competitively reviewed professional development projects. Reviews for both LaSIP and Delta RSI proposals will be combined beginning FY 1999-2000.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

The source of funding for this program is Interagency Transfers: the Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund (8(g)) and a grant award from the National Science Foundation entitled Rural System Initiative. The NSF grant is transferred from Northeast Louisiana University. The Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund allocation provides a $1.0 million match for the National Science Foundation math and science grant; a $200,000 match for the Rural Systemic Reform Initiative for professional development in math, science and technology; and, a direct allocation of $350,000 to purchase graphing calculators for high schools.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$1,747,510

0

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$1,747,510

0

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET – November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$42

$42

0

Legislative Auditor Fees

 

 

 

 

 

$52

$1,747,552

0

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$42

$42

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 92.0% of the total request ($1,903,189) for this program.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

OTHER CHARGES

$350,444

 

Professional Development Projects for Rural Systemic Initiative (8g and federal funding).

$1,000,000

 

Teacher stipends and program materials (i.e. lab supplies) for teachers participating in professional development projects (8g-financed).

$47,056

 

Annualization of Rural Systemic Initiative awarded in September, 1997

 

 

 

$1,397,542

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$350,000

 

Graphing calculators for middle school math students financed by Louisiana Advanced Math 8(g) Program

 

 

 

$350,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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