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IMSA Serves As Key Pilot Site for NSF Funded National Study

National Science Foundation (NSF) funding is supporting a large-scale, national research study of long-term outcomes of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school graduates.  In this study IMSA will serve as the key pilot site for developing the instruments that will be used nationally.  

The longitudinal cohort study and student data models will serve as a backbone for what will become a national study including 30 schools and 6,000 students. IMSA President Dr. Max McGee said he is pleased the Academy is playing a leadership role in such an important project.

“IMSA’s role in developing the protocol for gathering the national data for this study will contribute to and help influence public policy decisions on science, mathematics and technology educational programs,” McGee said.  “IMSA is proud to work in conjunction with prominent national partners to measure the outcomes of specialized public high schools of science, mathematics and technology and make an enduring difference for a technology driven global society.”

Dr. Rena Subotnik, director for the Center for Psychology in the Schools and Education at the American Psychological Association, serves as principal investigator for the grant. She will be working with Dr. Robert Tai and Dr. Xitao Fan from the University of Virginia, as well as educational research consultant Dr. Edward Crowe on implementation.  Partnering institutions include the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology and the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, directed by IMSA Trustee Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius. 

IMSA Coordinator of Research and Evaluation Chris Kolar will be serving on the research advisory panel, and IMSA President Dr. Max McGee will serve on the school policy advisory panel along with Dr. Olszewski-Kubilius and Dr. Jay Thomas, assistant professor of Education at Aurora University. 

Members of the Pilot Site Advisory Panel include IMSA Founding President and President Emerita Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, IMSA Vice President for Strategy and Innovation Cathy Veal, IMSA Principal and Vice President for Academic Programs Dr. Eric McLaren, and Director of Research, Evaluation and Scholarship Support Services Dr. David Abler.