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Common Core Training for Higher Ed!

The common core training for teacher preparation teams from Tennessee universities started today. The NMSI team took the best of what we have learned from our PARCC educator leader cadre training and created a very specific training for higher education. Tennessee is really leading the charge on this and we are so excited to be a part of this great work.  You can find the Agenda for Common Core Training for Teacher Preparation 

197% Increase in Lubbock!

Great article in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Advanced Placement courses on the rise in South Plains which is not something you see every day. But due to the incredible work of NMSI's AP Program they had a 197% increase in AP participation over the last two years. Texas has seen a 122% increase in AP over the past decade according to the article "Sharp, the district’s director of communications and community relations, said prior to 2010, students who took AP courses were “self-selected” and paid the cost for the ...

How to Properly Measure AP Scores

Last week the College Board released their AP Report to the Nation, and the report showed that AP is thriving.  This news is great for the country as studies show that students do better in College and have a higher chance of graduating if they do well on AP Exams.  Intuitively, it is easy to see why this is the case.  All one has to do is look at released AP Exam questions for your favorite subject at http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/index.html , and you’ll see firsthand the rigorous material that AP students ...

Are Teachers Ready for Common Core?

Great new survey out by Edweek, albeit only for less than 600 respondents, on how we are preparing teachers for the Common Core state standards - you can see the infographic here. Bottom line - we need to get moving on implementation if we have any hope at all creating the potential gains in college readiness that common core can bring.  A big part of the problem is school districts don't know what they don't know. Many are assuming that they have high standards already so this will not really ...

NMSI's Colorado Schools Rocking!

Great article on the progress of our National Math and Science Initiative program for schools with a large number of students from military families. Those 3 schools in Colorado account for just 1% of the total high schools in the state but over 19% of the increase in math, science and English AP passing! We are rockin' it in the Rockies!  "Widefield High School, Mesa Ridge High School, and Fountain-Fort Carson High School represent just more than 1 percent of the schools in Colorado giving AP exams, yet they accounted ...

Pike High School named Best in State for Verizon Innovative App Challenge!

One of NMSI's AP schools in Indiana, Pike High School, has been named Best in State for the 2013 Verizon Innovative App Challenge!  The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to use their STEM knowledge, their ingenuity, and their creativity to come up with an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community. The goal of the Challenge is to provide an engaging and empowering learning experience to ...

Driving Change with Next Generation Science Standards

National Math and Science Initiative teacher training components for middle school science went through a radical re-design this past year taking into account Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.  Below is a brief update from Brian Graves, NMSI Science Director, on where we are and the philosophy behind these changes. It creates a NGSS teacher training component today that will continue to be the focus for our schools who are creating a pipeline of science students for the new AP science tests.  The big thing to understand is that our ...

New AP Biology - how's it goin'

We started asking our many AP biology teachers out there - how's it goin'? We are at the midpoint of the first year of the NEW AP biology course and there is some concern that this is going to be a very challenging year for students and teachers.  Overall, favorable comments on using math (we love this from a Common Core perspective) but because the course is new, it does not appear that teachers have the time to really go deep. Once they get used to the new course, ...

AP Results!

Earlier today, our friends at The College Board released their much-awaited annual Advanced Placement Report to the Nation, an overview of our country’s progress toward expanded access to rigorous AP classes.  Here’s the good news: this year’s report highlights the progress being made toward ensuring that all students with “AP Potential” are able to enroll in courses, regardless of their race, socioeconomic status or where they live. NMSI is very proud to be featured for our hard work to help level the playing field in AP classrooms across the ...

Common Core for Higher Ed

Next month the National Math and Science teacher training team will be heading to Tennessee to work with college of education faculty on imbedding common core into teacher preparation.  This is a first as far as we know and a great collaboration between the Tennessee HIgher Education Commission (THEC), Lipscomb University and NMSI. Tennessee has been incredible in their work to prepare for common core implementation and we are very excited to be a part of it. We are also working with a district to train their curriculum directors ...

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