The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative, commonly referred to as AMSTI, is the Alabama Department of Education's initiative to improve math and science education across the state. AMSTI provides students with well-trained teachers and the equipment, materials, and resources needed for hands-on, activity-based math and science education. Also, teachers are supported and mentored by AMSTI site math and science specialists as they implement the training they receive as a part of this program.
An AMSTI school is a school that receives all of the benefits of the initiative including:
Schools are selected through a competitive application process. Math and science teachers and administrators in AMSTI schools agree to attend ten days of summer institute for two consecutive summers and to participate in additional professional development during the school year.
In every case, on every standardized text given by the Alabama Department of Education, AMSTI schools outperformed matched non-AMSTI schools - often dramatically as confirmed by three consecutive years of external evaluations.