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College Readiness Program

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Success in the 21st-century economy requires a higher level of education — and stronger foundation in math and science — than ever before. NMSI’s College Readiness Program is meeting this need, raising the academic bar in high schools nationwide and expanding access to rigorous coursework so that all students are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed after graduation.


Research shows that exposure to rigorous classes in high schools is a key indicator of post-secondary success. In addition to preparing students for the rigors of college, challenging coursework like Advanced Placement enables students to dig deeper into subjects that interest them and build analytical and problem solving skills that build confidence and are essential for success in any career path.

NMSI’s College Readiness Program is ensuring that more students have access to the challenging classes that will prepare them for future success. Through a combination of student, teacher and schools supports, the three-year program dramatically increases the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on Advanced Placement math, science and English exams and has a proven track record of improving results for traditionally underrepresented minority (African-American and Hispanic) and female students. In addition, AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP exams are more likely to earn a college degree on time, which can save students and families both time and money.

To date, the College Readiness Program has reached more than 1,000 public high schools across 34 states and produced unparalleled positive student outcomes across a variety of settings — urban and rural, disadvantaged and affluent, traditional and charter. Through the College Readiness Program for Military Families, NMSI is also ensuring that students of our nation’s service members have access to consistent, high-quality educational opportunities whenever or wherever their families may be transferred.

ELEMENTS OF SUCCESS

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  • Comprehensive content-specific training, mentoring and ready-to-use classroom and lab materials for teachers
  • Expert-led study sessions, lab and classroom supplies and AP exam fee subsidies for students
  • Academic and program experts, shared goal setting and performance analysis for schools


RESULTS + IMPACT

The College Readiness Program boosts AP performance in partner schools by 10 times the national average after just one year and produces continued positive results over three years.

See Our Impact and Research pages for more examples  of the positive impact CRP has on student outcomes, and the growing body of research that supports the program’s effectiveness.
 
Percentage Increase in AP Qualifying Scores in Math, Science and English at CRP Partner Schools
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N = 702 NMSI partner schools that completed at least one yar of CRP btween 2009 and 2016, compared with the national increase (approximately 20,000 schools) over the same time period.
N = 543 partner schools that completed three years of CRP between 2011 and 2016 compared with the national increase over the same time period.
 

Hear from students, teachers and administrators about how the College Readiness Program is transforming student lives and school cultures: