The Dallas-based National Math and Science Initiative has announced a $13 million grant from ExxonMobil to significantly expand its College Readiness Program in Louisiana.
The investment from ExxonMobil will enable NMSI to provide schools and students in Louisiana with access to the resources and support systems they need to succeed in a twenty-first century economy. The NMSI model, which is designed to better prepare students for college and science, technology, engineering, and math careers, involves extensive training for teachers, more time on task for students, and equipment and supplies in support of Advanced Placement coursework. Over the next several years, NMSI will partner with school districts across the state to support teachers and improve student performance in the core subjects of math, science, and English-language arts.
Nearly eleven hundred and fifty students in four Louisiana schools already benefit from the program, with Bossier High School and Parkway High School in Bossier Parish in their second year of the program, and Baton Rouge Magnet High School and McKinley High School in East Baton Rouge in their first year. In 2015, students from Parkway and Bossier saw a 215 percent increase in qualifying math, science, and English AP exam scores, more than fifteen times the state average.
"When our students and our schools succeed, Louisiana succeeds," said Governor John Bel Edwards. "And when business, education, policy and community leaders come together to help our students reach and even exceed their potential, we are creating a support system that allows us to sustain that success. This progress is critical for our future workforce, our business partners and the state as a whole."