Mass Math + Science Initiative
Why the Mass Math + Science Initiative?
Congratulations MMSI Teachers and Students on your remarkable 2012 results!
MMSI more than doubles participation and performance in Advanced Placement math, science, and English in 4 years (2008-2012)
The Massachusetts economy demands a talented workforce of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals, yet every year thousands of promising students leave high school without having taken the challenging courses required to succeed in these fields.
Moreover, achievement and access gaps persist in Advanced Placement (AP)* and other college-level math and science courses, particularly among Black and Hispanic students, female students, and students from low-income families. In 2008, only 65 African-American public school students in Massachusetts passed an AP science exam.
The Mass Math + Science Initiative (MMSI), the state’s largest high school math and science program aimed at underserved students, has expanded access to rigorous, college-level Advanced Placement courses in 45 high schools across the Commonwealth.
Since 2008, the program has resulted in:
- more than doubled the number of enrollment in AP math, science and English
- more than doubled the number of passing scores on math, science and English AP exams.
By 2013, the program will engage more than 8,500 high school students annually, greatly increasing their likelihood of college enrollment and completion. According to national research, students who pass at least one AP exam are three times more likely to graduate from college than those who do not. Read more about our Impact.
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