National Math and Science Initiative’s Year Two Results Boost Student Achievement by 98 Percent, Opening Doors to College

Significant Gains in Achievement among Minority and Female Students Recorded

DALLAS--()--The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) today announced the second year of dramatic results from its Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP), which boosted the number of students passing Advanced Placement* math, science and English tests by 98 percent. In addition, triple-digit increases in passing scores of minority and female students indicate that APTIP is making significant gains toward closing the achievement gap among traditionally under-represented students.

“These results show nearly twice as many students in the participating schools will be likely to succeed in college,” said Tom Luce, CEO of NMSI. “The continued improvement confirms this program is opening doors to college for many more students.”

“Experience has shown that students passing AP courses in high school are much more likely to complete a college degree – and even those who do not pass benefit from the rigorous curriculum and achieve more success in college,” Luce added.

This fall, the NMSI program will be implemented in a record 227 U.S. public schools in six states (Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Virginia) and is expected to reach 350 high schools by fall of 2012. The goal of the program is to broaden access to the college level coursework to many more students and significantly improve the passing rates.

Results from NMSI program schools for the 2009-2010 were compiled this month and show dramatic increases in student achievement across the six states participating in the APTIP:

  • During the period of 2008 – 2010, there was a 97.7 percent overall increase in math, science and English AP exams passed in the 65 schools that have implemented APTIP for two years – more than seven times the national two-year increase of 13.6 percent.
  • From 2009 – 2010, there was an 84.6 percent increase in math, science and English AP exams passed in NMSI’s 75 first-year APTIP schools – over 11 times the national increase of 7.5 percent - and much higher than the 52 percent increase recorded by the first cohort of schools in 2008-2009.

APTIP is proving particularly effective in closing the minority achievement gaps:

  • The first cohort of 65 schools recorded a remarkable 154.6 percent increase in passing math, science, and English scores in two years among of African-Americans and Hispanics, which is almost six times the national two-year increase of 27.7 percent
  • From 2009 – 2010, there was an 107.3 percent increase in math, science and English AP exams passed among African-American and Hispanic students in our 75 new NMSI program schools – over eight times the national increase of 13.2 percent - and much higher than the first-year increase of 71.5 percent recorded by APTIP schools in 2008-09.

APTIP also is proving highly effective in closing the female achievement gaps in math and science:

  • The first cohort of 65 schools recorded a 116.4 percent increase in passing math and science scores in two years among female students, which is almost 13 times the national two-yr increase of 9.2 percent.
  • From 2009 – 2010, there was an 91.5 percent increase in math and science AP exams passed by female students in our 75 new NMSI program schools – almost 17 times the national increase of 5.4 percent - and much higher than the first-year increase of 48.4 percent recorded by APTIP schools in 2008-09.

“The continued increase in student achievement in these courses confirms that it is possible to take a proven program such as APTIP, which has more than 12 years of documented results, and expand it across the country so more students will benefit,” Luce said.

As of September, NMSI will have trained more than 6,000 teachers as part of the enhanced professional development at the core of APTIP that also includes on-going support from master teachers for teachers in the classroom.

Gregg Fleisher, National Director of APTIP for NMSI, said APTIP works effectively because of the partnerships NMSI has established with state organizations and the participating school districts, superintendents and teachers. “We are all focused on one goal: increasing achievement in AP courses, which is directly correlated with college graduation rates. We all want to give these students the tools to succeed.”

NMSI’s six-state results will be announced at an event Aug. 30 in Fort Smith, Ark., in conjunction with the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science (AAIMS), which has seen an 73 percent increase in number of AP exams passed for their new schools last year – more than seven times the rest of the state average. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe is scheduled to announce the state’s results at the event and commend Northside High School in Fort Smith for its gains in student achievement.

NMSI board member Kenneth P. Cohen of Exxon Mobil Corporation, a founding sponsor of NMSI, said, “These results are significant for anyone following the decline of math and science education in the U.S.” He added: “We now need to commit as a nation to expanding the program further, ultimately impacting and boosting the educational achievement of millions of U.S. public school students. This is critical for the future of our country.”

Luce, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, pointed out that AP students are among the few American students comparing favorably with their international counterparts in achievement rankings. “In today’s highly competitive and highly technological global marketplace, the next generation must have a mastery of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Luce. “This program is helping increase students’ interest in these subjects.”

About APTIP: APTIP increases dramatically the performance of high school students in rigorous AP courses in math, science, and English. The comprehensive approach includes content training, teacher and student mentoring, open enrollment, and incentives. The college-level AP courses are taught by specially trained and credentialed teachers. NMSI’s unique methodology includes a training regimen for the teachers that enables them to more effectively teach AP concepts and curriculum. NMSI also provides teaching support from master teachers and incentives that motivate students to put in the extra effort to master the rigorous material. Passing AP exam scores are almost universally accepted for course credit by the nation’s colleges and universities, which see success in AP courses as reliable indicators of students’ subject-area knowledge and capacity for college-level thinking.

About NMSI: NMSI, a non-profit organization, is an agent of change that was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to focus on improving student achievement in math and science across the American public school system. NMSI’s mission is to bring best practices to the education sector by replicating two proven programs on a national scale that each has more than 10 years of data proving they work: the AP Training and Incentive Program and UTeach, a program to recruit and prepare college students to become qualified math, science and computer science teachers.

NMSI has awarded grants to implement the UTeach program in 22 universities. More than 3,000 students are now enrolled, providing a new wave of much-needed, highly qualified math and science teachers. Over the next four years, it is anticipated the UTeach program will be replicated in as many as 50 universities.

A non-profit organization, NMSI has received major funding support for its ground-breaking national initiatives from Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, with additional support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Lockheed Martin Corporation.

For more information, visit www.nationalmathandscience.org.

*AP and Advanced Placement Program are registered trademarks of the College Board.

Contacts

NMSI
Rena Pederson, 214-665-2523 / 214-558-6259
Communications Director
rpederson@nationalmathandscience.org

Release Summary

NMSI today announced the second year of dramatic results from its Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program, an increase of students passing AP math, science and English tests by 98 percent.

Contacts

NMSI
Rena Pederson, 214-665-2523 / 214-558-6259
Communications Director
rpederson@nationalmathandscience.org