Project: the BaySci partnership (2008-2011)

Authors: Mark St. John, Inverness Research and The Research Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Type: Report

Publication: November 2011

BaySci: A Partnership for Bay Area Science Education Supporting Districts and Teachers to Improve Science Education in Bay Area Schools — Evaluation Report (pdf, 100 pages)


The goal of BaySci is to increase the likelihood that students in Bay Area elementary schools encounter high-quality science education and have access to engaging opportunities to learn science. Over the past three years, BaySci has worked with five BayArea school districts to reach this goal by focusing primarily on two aspects of district-wide improvement–building district-level capacity to implement a high-quality, inquiry-based elementary science program and providing targeted, in-depth professional development for teachers and teacher leaders.

The findings presented in this report are based on the data gathered by Inverness Research, the external evaluator, and the Research Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science. They focus on the contributions of BaySci to the participating school districts, the challenges and constraints in working with these districts to improve elementary science education, and the lessons learned about the BaySci investment.

The final version of this report was posted Aug 2012.

Intended Audience

The BaySci partnership, Funders, Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) Education Leaders, Science Museum Educators, Professional Development Leaders, Teachers, School and District Administrators, Funders, and general public.


Any and all errors are claimed by the authors of this document, Inverness Research, Inc.

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