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Contextualizing Expectations of Success for Federal Programs that Support K-12 Education


This paper is one in a series of briefs for the Math and Science Partnership Program Evaluation (MSP-PE), conducted for the National Science Foundation's Math and Science Partnership Program (NSF-MSP).
The paper's topic originates from discussions held at the MSP-PE's advisory board meeting in October 2006. Advisory board members suggested that "expectations" about the nature and level of outcomes from programs like the NSF MSP Program often go unaddressed. This suggestion led to the commissioning of the present paper. Although the paper does not set specific expectations, it offers a useful framework for others to do so. In this sense, the paper serves as part of the MSP-PE's evaluation design work.