Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
MMSI measures our success in STEM against our goals:
Increasing AP math and science enrollment: In schools implementing MMSI, thousands of new students are engaged in rigorous STEM courses, and are better prepared for college-level work. Using PSAT data and a College Board tool called “AP Potential,” MMSI works closely with school leaders, guidance counselors, and AP math, science, and English teachers to significantly expand enrollment in AP courses. The current 44 MMSI schools have increased AP math and science enrollment from 2,400 to 4,600 over three years (2008-2011), which represents a 92% increase in enrollment in these courses. The AP math and science courses are Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Environmental Science, Physics B, Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism), Physics C (Mechanics) and Statistics.
Increasing AP math and science success: Many higher education institutions grant college credit for AP qualifying scores; this is one of the only quantitative measures of readiness for college-level study in STEM that we have. In terms of AP performance, after two years of program implementation in 21 schools, MMSI schools increased AP math and science qualifying scores from 581 to 1,164 over two years (2008-10). This represents a 100% increase. In our first ten high schools, female students had a 94% increase in AP math and science qualifying scores in the same time period. In addition to the students who have earned qualifying scores, 380 students earned a score of “2” or “maybe qualified” on AP math and science courses in 2010.
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
MMSI was funded initially through a generous $13.2 million grant from the National Math & Science Initiative, which ends in 2013. In order to sustain the project beyond the scope of the initial funding, MMSI has begun its work on "MMSI 2.0" which will:
• Strengthen the grade 6-12 integrated program. We are expanding our focus on the "pipeline" from middle to high school to ensure AP readiness. We are also examining the feedback and evaluation metrics we are using, particularly as we seek to measure college readiness and success.
• Build corporate partnerships. We are working with our partners on a plan to engage corporations more deeply in our initiative.
• Sustain the initiative through a new mix of public, corporate, and foundation funding.