REL Southeast recently conducted a randomized control trial on the effectiveness of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) in grades 4–8. Introduced in 2002, AMSTI is a whole-school reform initiative providing professional development, access to materials and technology, and in-school support for teachers.
The REL Southeast study, titled Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI), was conducted in five regions of the state. The study randomly assigned 82 schools, which contained about 780 teachers and approximately 30,000 students, to receive the treatment. The study examined the effects of the program on student achievement one year after the introduction of the initiative for the full study sample, and two years after for a subset of the study sample.