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Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership

The Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTE-Partnership) provides a coordinated research, development, and implementation effort for secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs to promote research and best practices in the field. The Partnership addresses the significant national shortage of well-prepared secondary mathematics teachers who can support their students in achieving the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).

The group was convened by APLU’s Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative (SMTI) in early 2012 and presently includes 101 universities, university systems, and community colleges and 142 K-12 schools and school districts across 30 states to work collaboratively to transform secondary mathematics teacher preparation. Together, these programs currently produce more than 1,100 secondary mathematics teachers each year, accounting for over 9% of the nation’s supply. The broader SMTI membership, which will directly benefit from the work of the MTE-Partnership, prepares more than 8,000 science and mathematics teachers annually—including nearly 40% of mathematics teachers produced nationally.

The Partnership seeks to achieve a range of outcomes as a result of this project, including validating interventions to make progress on particular problems, developing strategies for the continued growth of the partnership, and disseminating our knowledge to the broader community. Particular criteria that we will use to judge our progress include (1) the number of candidates produced, (2) improved quality of candidates, (3) the improved performance by students in beginning college mathematics, and (4) promising interventions to improve secondary mathematics teacher preparation and introductory college mathematics courses that can be scaled to a growing number of institutions over time.