National Math and Science Initiative
DALLAS — The National Math and Science Initiative, or NMSI, has announced that four Initiative for Military Families, or IMF, public high schools in Hawaii have achieved a combined 68-percent increase in qualifying scores in advanced placement math, science and English in the first year of the program.
The results were announced Sept. 28 at the Mililani High School auditorium with the participation of Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.
“These results are phenomenal; they will open doors to college for these students. Many of them have parents who are serving our country and have had to make sacrifices themselves,” said Gregg Fleisher, senior vice president, NMSI. “This initiative for military families is giving students here the skills they will need to succeed in a more complicated world.”
Fleisher pointed out that the four IMF high schools — Mililani, Radford, Campbell and Leilehua — accounted for 82 percent of the state’s increase in qualifying AP math, science and English scores in Hawaii. The four schools ranked first, second, third and fifth in the increase in the number of qualifying math, science and English scores in the state.
“These improved scores are reflective of similar progress we have made statewide,” said Abercrombie. “This partnership is a critical part of our efforts to support Hawaii’s public schools. It helps our teachers engage and challenges students to graduate with skills that will allow them to pursue their dreams and keep America competitive in a global economy.”
State Rep. K. Mark Takai, who helped to introduce NMSI in Hawaii a few years ago, said, “The success of this program, which should be in every school in Hawaii, shows how the DOE and the military can work together for the betterment of Hawaii students.”
“These impressive results speak for themselves,” said Matayoshi. “Educators in the Initiative for Military Families are driving achievement gains through high-quality, rigorous courses that will prepare students for college and careers.”
Although the IMF targets military dependents of personnel at five installations — U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Tripler Army Medical Center, U.S. Coast Guard Base Honolulu, and Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station–Pacific, or NCTAMS-PAC, the program is open to all high school students at the participating schools who are eligible for AP classes.
Program requirements include additional tutoring and study sessions outside of normal school hours, as well as additional training for teachers.
The overall goal of IMF is to support children in America’s military families by providing consistent, high-quality coursework through NMSI’s highly successful Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program.
Access to college-level courses gives students the opportunity to earn college credit for advanced coursework and significantly increases their chances of succeeding in college.
Students who pass an AP exam are three times more likely to complete their college education.
The IMF was launched in 2010 in four school sites, two near Fort Campbell, Ky., and two near Fort Hood, Texas. The program expanded in the fall of 2011 to a total of 29 high schools in 10 states that are serving high concentrations of students from military families, including Hawaii.
For more details about the National Math and Science Initiative, call Cori Okabayashi at (808) 218-8263 or email coabayashi @nationalmathandscience.org.