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Dallas ISD Paving the Way for Advanced Placement Student Success

Here at NMSI, we have seen tremendous results with our AP program, both on a national level, and at state levels, but perhaps one of our great success stories is right here in our own backyard – Dallas Independent School District (DallasISD). Over the life of the program, we have seen phenomenal increases in passing AP scores – 527% for all students, and 1415% for African-American and Hispanic students! But what is the point of a bunch of numbers without a compelling story? To help fill in the details and ...

Preparing Students for the 'Knowledge Economy '

Article originially published in IDEAS LAB To combat the vast STEM achievement gap we must prepare and inspire all students for the knowledge economy because their careers will require STEM skills.  There are countless terms thrown around in discussions of the educational needs of the United States. Preparing students for the “knowledge economy” is a critical part of that discussion – but what exactly is the knowledge economy? In their paper entitled “The Knowledge Economy,” Stanford professors Walter W. Powell and Kaisa Snellman define it “as production and services based on knowledge-intensive ...

Comprehensive Program Improves College & Career Readiness for Students

We’re very proud to announce the national results of the NMSI Comprehensive AP Program for the 2012-2013 academic year!  We are now in our fifth consecutive year of success for the program, and new academic performance data confirms that we are providing a dramatic increase in academic performance across the country.  NMSI schools have a desire to improve, and they have once again significantly raised the number of passing scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, at a rate that far exceeds the national average.  Here are some of the ...

Students in National Math and Science Initiative Program Outperform Peers on Advanced Placement Exams for Fifth Consecutive Year

Program closing achievement gap in rigorous math, science and English courses DALLAS – Students enrolled in high schools that partner with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) earned significantly higher scores on Advanced Placement* (AP) exams compared to the national average for the fifth consecutive year, new College Board data reveals. NMSI’s comprehensive program has a dramatic improvement on AP scores within the first year of implementation. The average first year increase in the number of passing AP math, science and English scores at NMSI schools is 72 percent – ...

Oklahoma Students in National Math and Science Initiative Program Excel on Advanced Placement Exams

Oklahoma Students in National Math and Science Initiative Program Excel on Advanced Placement Exams Oklahoma City – Hundreds of high school students in Oklahoma are headed back to school this year with higher scores on their Advanced Placement* (AP) exams thanks to the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). NMSI’s Comprehensive AP program works to improve student performance in rigorous math, science and English courses. Among the six state schools from Lawton Public Schools and Mid-Del School District that currently partner with NMSI, the number of students who earned a passing score ...

AMAZING Success for Dallas ISD!

It is not often that we celebrate academic achievement in this country - and it usually comes in second to sports in Texas. But today in the Dallas Morning News, the O'Donnell Foundation recognizes the amazing work that NMSI's Comprehensive AP Program has accomplished for students.  More importantly, they list out the teachers that have believed that all students can succeed and pushed them to take more rigorous courses and succeed. The results clearly show that NMSI is closing the achievement gap in DISD especially as it relates to ...

Teacher Training Success

Every year, teachers from around the country attend training or professional development. And when you ask teachers if they appreciate what they are doing, most of the time, they will tell you it is a waste of time. But ongoing learning for teachers is critical, especially in a time of great change to the classroom and creates improved teacher retention. The 2012 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher showed that educators who expressed a higher job satisfaction shared a common experience: They were more likely to have benefitted from effective ...

Spotlight on Tennessee: Why they love NMSI

The general consensus is in – Tennessee teachers love NMSI’s Teacher Training program! For the last few years, we have been working with educators – ranging from middle school to college-level – from across the state of Tennessee, and they have had nothing but wonderful things to say about our program. In fact, last year we hosted five 2-day trainings in various regions of the Big Bend State, training more than 380 higher education staff from 49 of Tennessee’s colleges and universities in rigorous, hands-on, and engaging teaching practices, ...

Lack of Support Causes Students to “Melt”

Here at NMSI, we have long been aware of the achievement gaps that are present in America’s school system, and we have highlighted time and again the need for support among minorities and other under-represented groups in STEM fields. And even though we have made great strides in alleviating these issues, the fact remains that there are still students out there who are not getting the support they need in order to become college and career ready, as evidenced by a new report from Harvard University. The report examines what ...

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