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Middle School Literacy Achievement in Health, Math, and Science – MSLAHMS

Grant Number: 09-605

Grant Award: $993,735

Duration of Project: Saturday, September 05, 2009 - Monday, September 30, 2013

Project Subject Areas: Math and Science

Grade Band: 6th - 8th

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • University of Southern California

Local Education Agencies:

  • Paramount Unified, Paramount


  • TARGET Foundation

School Sites:

  • Alondra, Paramount
  • Frank J. Zamboni, Paramount
  • Hollydale Elementary, South Gate
  • Leona Jackson, Paramount
  • Paramount Park, Paramount

Number of teachers/principals/highly qualified paraprofessionals participating in the project:



  • To test the impact of teacher academies, teacher lesson study, and collaborative curriculum development on teacher effectiveness in middle school STEM education.
  • To design and utilize existing validated science and math assessments that improve middle school teachers’ instructional practices and associated student learning using diagnostic approaches.
  • To design, pilot and disseminate promising practices and innovative middle school science, health, math curriculum using societally relevant science and math curricular content.


Teachers will attend teacher academies and participate in a lesson study approach to teacher professional development. Students will participate in newly designed STEM curriculum with the goal of improving their achievement to proficiency.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Increased middle school science, health, and math teachers’ ability and efficacy to teach STEMs content and associated literacy to diverse learners as measured by observation and improved student achievement as measured by STEBI R, teacher observational rubric, and CST scores.
  • Increased middle school students’ science, health, and mathematics achievement to proficiency as measured by CST and other periodic assessment.
  • Improved middle school students’ science, health, and math literacy by 20% as measured by PI designed/validated student concept inventories, science and math grade specific qualitative reading inventories, and rubric scored validated and reliable science, health, and math writing assignments.
  • Increased student interest in STEMs fields as measured by a science/math interest and motivation questionnaire.


Institute of Higher Education: Gisele Ragusa, Project Director/RD,
Institute of Higher Education: Lowell Stott, Co-Director,
Local Education Agency: Deborah Stark, LEA Co-Director,

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