The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is addressing this critical gap through nationwide expansion of its College Readiness Program, a comprehensive three-year program designed to increase student participation and performance in rigorous Advanced Placement®(AP®™) coursework in math, science and English.
The program’s key elements of success include shared accountability and goal setting with partner schools, intensive teacher training and support from expert mentors, more time on task for students through tutoring and study sessions, open enrollment to broaden student participation, and achievement-based awards for teachers and students.
NMSI's College Readiness Program is producing immediate, significant, and sustained impact on student achievement and college and career readiness in schools across the country. On average, schools in their first year of implementing the program have demonstrated a:
- 67 percent increase in the number of qualifying scores on AP math, science and English exams compared to a 6.6 percent increase nationally
- 67 percent increase in the number of qualifying scores on AP math, science and English exams by female students, compared to 6.4 percent nationally
- 80 percent increase in the number of qualifying scores on AP math, science and English exams by minority students, compared to 12.3 percent nationally
Since 2008, the program has been implemented in 1,050 schools across 34 states and the District of Columbia.
In addition, NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Teacher Training Program is providing content-rich, teacher-to-teacher training for educators of grades 3-12, ensuring a corps of teachers equipped with the content knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to prepare students for advanced levels of thinking and learning in high school and beyond. To date, the program has trained more than 50,000 teachers nationwide.