Program dramatically increases number of Latino students passing AP exams

A new program is dramatically increasing the number of Latinos passing their Advanced Placement exams.

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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