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House Members Hear About Impact Of National Math and Science Initiative

STEM Seeds Camp 2014, Yukon, Oklahoma
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Schools participating in the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) spoke to legislators Wednesday about the impact the program has had in their students’ advance placement achievement in the last few years.

The NMSI grant allows participating schools to increase their offering in AP courses and even covers some exam fees for students.

Most NMSI grants are offered via a partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the business community.

NSMI is a program geared to increase the number and diversity of secondary school graduates who are math-and-science proficient and who choose STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.

Program components include study sessions outside of normal school hours as well as intense training for current AP teachers and teachers in grades 6-12 who will build the pipeline of students who are AP-ready. 

The reports given the interim study committee said overall the program had shown significant progress in serving students. Testimony came from Lawton, Mid-Del and four other schools show enrollments in the special programs showed passing exam scores improved by 150 percent.

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