Since 2002, the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) has worked to improve math and science teaching throughout the state, most recently by piloting the new SPARK Science Learning System.

AMSTI provides more than 600 K-12 Alabama schools with math, science, and technology services, including professional development, equipment, and on-site support, said AMSTI Director Steve Ricks.

Ricks said AMSTI uses technology and group learning environments to improve not only student performance in math and science, but also to boost their interest.

"In far too many schools, math and science are taught the way they were 20 years ago.  Too often they're not


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