ASSET leads the statewide Science: It’s Elementary (SIE) program in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to improve elementary science education. Through this five-year, $60 million initiative, ASSET expands its reach to 5,000 total teachers and 180,000 students in 180 school districts across 52 Pennsylvania counties.
ASSET transitions to a fee-for-service revenue model and adds new members annually, scaling to 48 public, charter, and private schools/districts. The organization develops a new acronym, Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching, to reflect its growth regionally and across academic disciplines—including integration of science with literacy and math.
ASSET is awarded a five-year, $3.1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support teacher professional development across 16 school districts; a supplemental $2 million grant impacts 14 additional districts. ASSET is designated one of eight Leadership and Assistance in Science Education Reform (LASER) sites nationwide in partnership with the Smithsonian Science Education Center.
ASSET Inc. is founded as an independent nonprofit organization under the acronym Allegheny Schools Science Education and Technology by Bayer Corporation and other community partners to initiate science education reform in schools in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ASSET pilots the Smithsonian Science Education Center's model for effective science education in two school districts.