NMSI’s College Readiness Program Boosts AP Performance
NMSI’s College Readiness Program Boosts AP PerformanceSara Sympson, Associate Director, Communications
The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) has announced that students in its College Readiness Program substantially outpaced the average rate of growth for scores of 3, 4, or 5 on Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in math, science, and English. Increases in AP math and science achievement were particularly significant for female students, as well as African American and Latino students.
As AP performance among all U.S. public high school students in math, science, and English increased by 5.6% in May 2017, the increase at the 150 traditional and charter public schools implementing the College Readiness Program for the first time was 44%. African American and Latino students at those schools increased their scores of 3 or higher in those three subjects by 33%, while female students in the program increased their number of successful AP Exam scores by 41%.
In math and science alone, African American and Latino students increased their successful AP Exam scores by 52%, and female students earned 59% more scores of 3 or higher.
Through the College Readiness Program, NMSI partners with schools to support students and teachers in rigorous and high-quality math, science, and English courses without regard to zip code and other socio-economic indicators. Schools get data-driving partnerships for goal setting; teachers receive course-specific training, mentoring, year-round support and classroom-ready materials; and students have access to classroom and lab supplies, as well as specialized study sessions led by national experts.
“We’re proud to partner with NMSI to ensure that prepared students everywhere gain access to the opportunities AP provides: college credit for the hard work they’ve done in their high school classrooms, and the development of skills necessary for college success,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President for AP & Instruction at the College Board.