ExxonMobil invests $13 million into the National Math and Science Initiative College Readiness Program. NMSI CEO Matthew Randazzo says the College Readiness Program is focused on driving student achievement around rigorous college-level courses and advanced placement. He says students will have access to more AP courses and fee waivers for the AP tests.
“Ultimately what this means is we’re going to be producing lots of students that are more college-ready today than they otherwise would have been, and that’s what we’re most excited about,” Randazzo said.
Randazzo said the investment will allow NMSI to partner with teachers around the state to help drive educator effectiveness and support teachers with the tools they need to be better AP teachers. He says students benefit from taking AP courses in high school.
“All the research shows very clearly that you’re going to be more likely to matriculate to college, and you’re going to be more likely to graduate from college,” Randazzo said.
There are four schools in Louisiana that are already benefitting from this program, including Bossier and Parkway High Schools. Last year, students from Parkway and Bossier saw a 215% increase in qualifying math, science and English AP exam scores. Randazzo says this investment will allow NMSI to impact additional schools
“We’re going to be able to expand the footprint that we’re in the state now of about four schools to adding at least an additional 18 schools,” Randazzo said.