The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced today that its Comprehensive Advanced Placement (AP) program will expand to Enid High School, thanks to the generosity of three Enid businesses and a partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE).
GEFCO, AdvancePierre Foods and Dillingham Insurance have each made a three-year, $30,000 commitment to make the program possible in Enid. Their donations will be combined with a $225,000 grant from the OSDE to expand and enhance advanced coursework offerings in the district. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for Enid businesses that would like to partner for the program.
"I am so excited for the Enid High School students who will participate in this important program. They are getting the best math, science and English preparation in the nation," said State Superintendent Janet Barresi. "Not only will they be better prepared for college and career, they quite possibly will do so well on AP exams that they will be able to earn up to a year's worth of college credit before they leave high school. I'm excited for the teachers, too, who will receive support and training each step of the way in this new venture. As always, I'm grateful to NMSI and to the private business partners who help make this program the success that it is for Oklahoma students."
Enid Public Schools Superintendent Shawn Hime said, “We are very grateful to GEFCO, AdvancePierre Foods and Dillingham Insurance for helping bring this prestigious program to our district. NMSI is steeped in proven instructional strategies that will transform education for students. It will provide outstanding training for our high school and middle school teachers, and our AP students will be rewarded for their effort. Our mission is for every graduate to be college and career ready, and the NMSI program will help us ensure that is the case.”
The goal of the NMSI program is 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.
In addition to the opportunity to earn college credit, participation in the AP program also increases students' chances of succeeding in college. Students who pass an AP exam are three times more likely to complete their college education. For minority students, that multiplier is even greater: African-American and Hispanic students who succeed in AP courses are four times more likely to graduate from college.
EHS students are currently taking a total of 377 AP classes.
“The dramatic increase in AP enrollments at Enid High School is proof that more students in Oklahoma are ready to take on rigorous coursework. We are proud to partner with Enid High School and the Oklahoma State Department of Education to prepare more students for successful careers in STEM fields,” said Gregg Fleisher, NMSI’s Chief Academic Officer.
About National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI): NMSI, a non-profit organization, was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to transform education in the United States. NMSI has received national recognition for training K–12 teachers and improving student performance through the rapid expansion of highly successful programs: NMSI's Comprehensive AP Program, NMSI Teacher Training Program, and UT Austin’s UTeach Program. Inaugural funding for NMSI was provided by the Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
For more information, visit www.nms.org.