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BISMARCK, ND (December 10, 2015)–The National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program (CRP) today announced its expansion into North Dakota schools with an investment of up to $13 million from ExxonMobil, on behalf of XTO Energy Inc. CRP empowers school communities to improve participation and success in rigorous coursework to better prepare students for college and the STEM-intensive careers of the 21st century. NMSI will partner with districts across the state over the next several years to enhance teacher effectiveness and student performance.
“Supporting student achievement and ensuring our young people are equipped with the skills and resources to excel as tomorrow’s leaders are key to North Dakota’s continued success,” said Governor Jack Dalrymple. “Partnerships like this one, between business, education and community leaders, are essential to helping students reach their full potential and preparing them for the careers and opportunities of the future.”
CRP has proven to dramatically increase the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on Advanced Placement® (AP)exams, while expanding access to challenging coursework. In just one year, NMSI’s program boosts the number of AP® qualifying scores in math, science and English in partner schools by ten times the national average and produces outstanding gains among female and minority students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. To date, CRP has expanded to nearly 800 schools across 30 states from coast to coast.