National Math and Science Initiative

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The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is a non-profit organization based in Dallas, Texas, that launched in 2007. Its mission is to improve student performance in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the United States. It attempts to do this by scaling up local academic programs to a national level.

History of the Initiative[edit]

In 2005, the National Academies commissioned a report titled “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” which asserts that student achievement in the subjects of math and science has declined in the United States, while other countries have increased their student achievement scores in the same subject areas.[1] The report recommended the creation of a non-profit organization to help marshal private sector support to help improve math and science education in the United States. Several authors of the report partnered with Peter O’Donnell Jr. to meet this need, effectively establishing NMSI’s board of directors and committing to bring both the UTeach and NMSI’s College Readiness program (formerly known as NMSI’s Comprehensive AP Program and the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP)) to scale nationally. ExxonMobil invested $125 million to launch the effort,[2] which was later supplemented by an additional $125 million from corporations, foundations, individual donors and government agencies – creating an effective public-private partnership model that continues to sustain the organization today.

NMSI's Programs[edit]

NMSI has expanded three programs to a national scale: NMSI’s College Readiness Program, NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Program, and NMSI's UTeach Expansion Program.

NMSI’s College Readiness Program[edit]

NMSI’s College Readiness Program is a three-year program in which teachers go through rigorous professional development to better prepare themselves and their students for Advanced Placement Exams. The prototype for NMSI’s program, Advanced Placement Strategies (APS) was launched as a public-private partnership in the Dallas area in 1995 by a group of local businessmen committed to education reform. The goal of the APS program was to improve college readiness and encourage STEM studies for underserved Texas public high school students by increasing participation and performance in AP math, science and English courses. Texas schools in their first year of the APS program increased their exam participation by 198 percent.[3]

In the 2008-2009 school year, NMSI replicated the APS program as the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) and in its first year, the program increased enrollment in AP courses by nearly 70 percent, including a 122 percent increase among African American and Hispanic students. The number of passing AP math, science, and English exams also increased by 52 percent, which was nine times the national average; for African American and Hispanic students, the increase in passing AP scores was 71.5 percent.[4]

On September 1, 2012, APS officially merged with NMSI to bring this program to scale throughout the United States.[5] More than 50,000 students are now enrolled in the NMSI College Readiness Program, and it is currently being implemented in more than 550 schools in 22 states.[6]

The most recent results show a continuing trend of student improvement. Over the life cycle of the NMSI program, the number of average passing scores on AP math, science and English exams increased by 144 percent, compared to 23.2 percent nationally. The average three-year increase in the number of passing math, science and English scores among minorities enrolled in the NMSI program is 219 percent compared to the national average of 48.5 percent. The number of average passing scores for females enrolled in the NMSI program increased by 87 percent, compared to 8.7 percent nationally.[7]

In 2010, the organization received funding from the Lockheed Martin Corporation to launch the AP program in schools serving military bases.[8] In April 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced the expansion of the program as part of their national Joining Forces initiative, which aims to provide support and resources to military personnel and their families in the areas of employment, housing, health care, education, etc.[9] Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden made the announcement at a community event at Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Fountain, Colo.[10] As of January 2014, NMSI’s College Readiness Program is being implemented in 71 schools serving military families in 18 states.[11]

NMSI's Laying the Foundation Program[edit]

In January 2012, NMSI merged with Laying the Foundation, an organization which focused on professional development for math, science, and English teachers, grades 6-12.[12] After the merge, NMSI’s Laying the Foundation teacher training program was expanded to include training for elementary teachers, grades 3-5.[13] In 2012, NMSI was selected to work with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium to lead Common Core State Standards training in 22 states and create the Educator Leader Cadre.[14]

In August 2013, NMSI received a $248,760 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a series of web-based training modules for teachers who have attended NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Program.[15]

NMSI's UTeach Expansion Program[edit]

The UTeach Program originated at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997, enabling students who are majoring in math, science, or computer science to receive full teaching certification without adding time or cost to their degrees. The national replication process is directed by NMSI in conjunction with the UTeach Institute.

The NMSI-supported replication of the UTeach program for preparing teachers was launched in 2008 in 13 universities in nine states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Texas).[16]

On Jan. 6, 2010, President Barack Obama mentioned the UTeach program at a White House education event, saying, “To bring more educators into the classroom, the National Math and Science Initiative is working with Texas Instruments and the Dell Foundation to prepare almost 5,000 new math and science teachers in the next five years -- through a program that allows young people to earn teaching certificates and science degrees at the same time.”[17] Furthermore, the UTeach Institute projects that 9,000 UTeach program graduates will have impacted 4.8 million secondary STEM students nationwide by 2020.[18]

On February 4, 2014, it was announced that NMSI is expanding the program to 5 additional universities thanks to a $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, bringing the total number of UTeach Replication sites to 40 across 19 states. Another 5 will be added in 2015 through the HHMI funding.[19]

Funding[edit]

Major support for the National Math and Science Initiative has been provided by the Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and the Texas Instruments Foundation, with in-kind assistance provided by IBM and Perot Systems. Additional funding for UTeach replication comes from the Texas High School Project, the Greater Texas Foundation, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Tennessee Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and other private philanthropy. With funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, NMSI also is preparing an alumni network for UTeach graduates.

Leadership[edit]

Sara Martinez Tucker is the president and CEO of NMSI. Ms. Tucker was formerly the Under Secretary of Education at the US Department of Education. The Chief Academic Officer is Gregg Fleisher, former President of AP Strategies. NMSI is governed by a board of directors, which is led by Tom Luce, founding CEO of NMSI and the former Assistant Secretary of Education.

Board of directors[20][edit]

Tom Luce, Chairman, NMSI; Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Bruce Alberts, Editor in Chief Science Magazine; Former President of the National Academy of Sciences

Tom Arseneault, Executive Vice President of Product Sectors and Chief Technology Officer, BAE Systems Inc.

Norm Augustine, Lead Director, NMSI; Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Kenneth P. Cohen, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation

Carolyn Bacon Dickson, Executive Director, O'Donnell Foundation

Nancy Grasmick, Former State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland State Department of Education

Bernard Harris, Jr., MD, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Vesalius Ventures; President and Founder, The Harris Foundation, Inc.; Former NASA astronaut, first African-American to walk in space

Dr. Ray O Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Shirley Malcom, Head of Directorate for Education and Human Resources, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost, University of Maryland; Former Chief Executive Officer, NMSI

Arthur F. Ryan, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Prudential Financial, Inc.;

Roy Vagelos, MD; Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.

Charles M. Vest, in memoriam, President, National Academy of Engineering; President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rising Above The Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future". 
  2. ^ "National Math and Science Initiative (ExonnMobil)". 
  3. ^ "PROTECTING AMERICA'S COMPETITIVE EDGE ACT (S. 2198): HELPING K-12 STUDENTS LEARN MATH AND SCIENCE BETTER". 
  4. ^ "National Math and Science Initiative’s Year Two Results Boost Student Achievement by 98 Percent, Opening Doors to College". 
  5. ^ "Advanced Placement Strategies Joins National Math and Science". 
  6. ^ "Students in National Math and Science Initiative Program Outperform Peers on Advanced Placement Exams for Fifth Consecutive Year". 
  7. ^ "Students in National Math and Science Initiative Program Outperform Peers on Advanced Placement Exams for Fifth Consecutive Year". 
  8. ^ "Lockheed Martin Corporation Partners with the National Math and Science Initiative in Support of Children in Military Families". 
  9. ^ "WHITE HOUSE CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY OF JOINING FORCES, COMMENDS NMSI’S INITIATIVE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES". 
  10. ^ "First Lady visits school near Fort Carson". 
  11. ^ "Aberdeen High School Awarded National Math and Science Initiative "School of the Year"". 
  12. ^ "Laying the Foundation Joins National Math and Science Initiative". 
  13. ^ "NMSI’s Freddie Kendrick Talks Elementary Education". 
  14. ^ "NMSI Awarded $4.3 Million Contract to Lead PARCC Educator Leader Cadres". 
  15. ^ "Online Learning Modules Will Play a Big Role in Common Core Implementation Across the U.S.". 
  16. ^ "National Replication of the UTeach Secondary STEM Teacher Preparation Program Implementation Highlights, Cohort 1, Year 2 (2009-2010)". 
  17. ^ "UTeach Expansion Recognized as President Obama Spotlights Importance of Teachers in Improving U.S. Innovation". 
  18. ^ "National Graduates of UTeach STEM Teacher Preparation Programs". 
  19. ^ "National Math and Science Initiative, UTeach Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Announce National Expansion of Highly Successful UTeach Program". 
  20. ^ "BOARD OF DIRECTORS". 

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