The pass rate on rigorous Advanced Placement tests went up by 72 percent in the past year alone at high schools that were part of a new program by the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). The program trains teachers and gives students extra help on Saturdays.
Over the three-year program, the number of Latino and African-American students who achieved passing AP scores in math, science, and English courses tripled. During the 2012-2013 academic year, first year NMSI schools saw an increase of 85 percent of students passing science, math and English exams.
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