Fifty-three schools from rural, urban, and suburban areas across Massachusetts participated in the Mass Math and Science Initiative (MMSI), which is the state’s largest high school math and science education program. A study issued in March released data that concluded the program significantly increased Advanced Placement (AP) enrollment among high school students and exam passing rates.
One of the distinguishing features of MMSI is the “program is designed to directly improve students’ academic competency and performance in STEM content” by expanding access to college-level courses to high school students. Overall students enrolled in the program improved AP exam passing rates by 96%.
To measure the further impact of the program students are tracked after high school graduation. Data presented by the National Student Clearing House identified an overall college attendance rate of 76%. Expanding access to AP courses the program has enabled high school students to improve their college readiness and academic success in STEM fields.