Dallas (PRWEB) May 20, 2022 – New data from the National Math and Science Initiative demonstrates the long-term impact of NMSI’s College Readiness program, which expands learning outcomes and opportunities for all students. In a report released today, data show that students enrolled in NMSI-supported Advanced Placement® courses are more likely to pursue their education and earn STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) degrees than the national average. The College Readiness program extends access to high-quality, public STEM education and achievement, especially among under-represented students in STEM careers. See the full impact report here.
STEM education is widely recognized as an important element in preparing students for post-secondary education and success in their future careers. A recent report shows that 3.5 million STEM jobs will have to be filled in the United States by 2025, leaving more than two million unfinished due to a lack of highly skilled candidates. In addition, STEM inequality disproportionately affects young people of color, rural children, children in poverty, and girls. NMSI’s College Readiness Program is working to close the STEM gap for all students.
“Technology drives the global economy, and in order to keep pace with the global economy, all students must engage in STEM education,” said Dr. Bernard Harris, former astronaut and CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative. “Right now, we have communities that don’t have access to STEM education. When that happens, not only do those communities lose, but we all lose. This report exemplifies mission-critical work that helps the College Readiness program level the playing field for all students. “
Key findings of the report include:
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- 73% of NMSI students have joined any post-secondary institution, which exceeds the national average of 69%.
- 57% of NMSI students joined the four-year institution, 25% more than NMSI students.
- 74% of NMSI students who identify as black join post-secondary institutions compared to the national average of 65%.
- Between 2015-2019, 90% of NMSI students survived in post-secondary institutions compared to the national average of 74%. The persistence rate for NMSI students was stable for five years.
- 82% of black students live in post-secondary institutions compared to the national average of 66%.
- Eighty-three percent of NMSI students qualify for free or low-cost lunches, which is higher than the national average of 74% in post-secondary institutions.
- Across all races / ethnic groups, about one-third of NMSI students earned STEM degrees, compared to the national average of 18%.
- The rate of STEM degree (25%) for female NMSI students is more than double the national average (12%).
- 29% of NMSI students qualify for free or low-cost lunches and 18% earn STEM degrees compared to the national average.
NMSI partners with high schools to expand access to rigorous coursework for traditionally under-represented students through its College Readiness program, which includes training and support for teachers, leaders and students. The program helps schools increase the number of students enrolled in AP math, science, computer science, English, social studies, arts, and Spanish language courses. The College Readiness program has reached more than 1,400 public high schools across 36 states and DC. One year after the program, partner schools saw an average 41% increase in AP participation and an average 35% increase in college readiness for all students, similarly for female, black and Latino students. Increase.
“The goal of the College Preparation Program is to ensure equitable access and achievement based on the population of the community. Strong, long-term results demonstrate that the program has reached these goals,” said Michelle Stee, Vice President of Teaching and Learning at NMSI. STEM relies on a solid knowledge base in the field and will require a basic understanding of mathematics and science for most future jobs. We will use this information to continue developing the program to meet the ever-changing needs of the educators and students we serve. “
The effectiveness of NMSI is based on measurable results that it achieves for academics and students. The effects of each program are regularly studied using independent, evidence-based practice and measured across their participatory school systems. To judge the long-term impact of the College Readiness Program, NMSI compares college board data for students enrolled in the NMSI program with the national average provided by the National Student Clearinghouse between 2015-2021.
Learn more about the College Readiness program here.
The National Math and Science Initiative works with the community and local school system to increase access to and achievement in rigorous education, especially in STEM and especially for students who are often under-represented and under-represented in STEM careers. Recent high school graduates who participated in NMSI’s flagship college readiness program were more likely to be enrolled in college for four years, to survive in college, to graduate in four years, and to pursue a STEM or teaching career. Learn more at http://www.nms.org