Research & Results

College Readiness Program Impact

The Program increases dramatically in the number of students taking and passing AP math, science and English exams, and expands access to traditionally under-represented students.

NMSI’s College Readiness Program also dramatically increases college readiness. Students passing AP exams are three times more likely to earn a college degree than students who do not pass. African-American and Hispanic students who pass an AP exam are four times more likely to earn a college degree than those who do not pass. Furthermore, a 2010 study conducted by Dr. C. Kirabo Jackson found that NMSI students were 22 percent more likely to continue in college than students not enrolled in the program. 

Everyone talks about closing the achievement gap, but NMSI’s College Readiness Program is doing it, changing the lives of tens of thousands of students in the process. And while the immediate impact is astounding enough, schools that have fully implemented the three-year program have seen the number of passing AP scores for African American and Hispanic students triple, and the number of passing scores for female students triple as well. 

Research & Results Infographic

The results are in! Get a look at how NMSI’s scores outpaced the nation, and the immediate impact this has on students’ lives in the U.S.

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The UTeach program enables students majoring in math, science, computer science, or engineering to receive full teaching certification without adding time or cost to their STEM degrees. UTeach graduates, nearly half of whom choose to teach in high-poverty schools, are well prepared to boost students’ math and science literacy, equipping them to function in a society that is increasingly dependent on science and technology.

The program has grown from 1,100 math and science majors in the first cohort to more than 6,000 students on 34 campuses in 2012.

Laying the Foundation Program

This year, make professional development for teachers more than just another item to check off the list. Turn your students’ hopes of getting into college a reality by ensuring that their teachers know exactly how to get them there.

With minimal effort on your end, you can create a culture of success in your school. Invest in school-wide professional development that provides unparalleled teacher training results.

NMSI's Laying the Foundation Results

It’s fulfilling to see your staff passionate about teaching and committed to excellence. But to see your students making huge gains in academic achievement – that’s a feeling that surpasses all else. Pasadena, Texas, ISD superintendent, Dr. Lewis, experienced this when his district began NMSI's Laying the Foundation Program:

Pasadena Case Study

Pasadena ISD serves a large percentage of economically disadvantaged students who will be first-generation college graduates. Spurred by a local desire to improve its students’ circumstances, administrators and teachers moved to an open access policy for their Advanced Placement classes.

Want to know the real gift that keeps on giving? It’s the teacher training that keeps on paying for itself, long after the training sessions have ended. When teachers attend our training events, they come back to their schools ready to leave a legacy. They become leaders in their districts as they mentor other teachers and equip future generations of students for success.

The students of Ruston High School in northern Louisiana have also made headway in several other areas. “We’ve increased the number of kids who are taking the AP test by about 60%,” says Principal Milstead. “Our graduation rate has gone from about 71 or 72% four or five years ago to 92.6% this past year.” He goes on to say, “Our school performance last year was about 90. This past year it was 119.7.” Watch this video for some more noteworthy results:

Ruston Case Study

Teachers and administrators at Ruston High School in northern Louisiana needed a seamless transition from middle school English to AP curriculum. In 2009, a group of English teachers from across the Lincoln Parish district attended their first NMSI LTF Program training. The increase in student performance was unprecedented... Download case study

The transition from high school to college can be tough. Between the dorms, new friends, leaving home, and being out on their own, students are under some serious stress. Relieve some of that burden by preparing your students for the academic rigor they’ll experience in college – and do that by sending your teachers to our training events, where they’ll be immersed in a philosophy of college readiness.

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