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Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative Evaluation

Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative Evaluation

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Commissioned by Mass Insight EducationPhase 1 Evaluation ReportFebruary 2012
MassMath+ScienceInitiative
 AnevaluationoftheimpactoftheMassMath+ScienceInitiativeonstudents’participationandsuccessonAdvancedPlacementexamsandenrollmentinpost-secondaryeducation
 
The Institute for Strategic Leadership and Learning (INSTLL, LLC) is an education research and consultingfirm that works with educational organizations, state education agencies, districts, and schools to promotemeaningful improvements to our system of public education.INSTLL works to support the development and spread of innovative ideas to improve public education by
cultivating strategic leadership and learning,
supporting the
construction of a policy environment 
conduciveto innovation and successfulimplementation of powerful ideas, and
engaging in meaningful evaluations
of the various strategies and interventions employed to support teaching and learning.www.instll.com ©
2012 Institute for Strategic Leadership and Learning. All rights reserved.
INSTLL,LLC
 Acknowledgments
The author formally thanks William Guenther, President, Mass Insight Education and Morton Orlov II,President, Mass Math + Science Initiative for commissioning this evaluation and providing considerable timewith the author answering questions, discussing preliminary findings, and contributing insights regarding theMass Math + Science Initiative. Many thanks also go to Wesley Chin, MMSI Operations Manager, for  providing all data sets used in the evaluation and supporting the analysis of data.
 AbouttheAuthor
Brett Lane, President and Founding Member of INSTLL, LLC, an education consulting firm, has over 15years experience working with state education agencies, districts, and schools on a wide range of research,consultative and policy-oriented educational initiatives. As an evaluator and policy analyst, Mr. Lane’s areasof expertise include district and school improvement, state and district turnaround strategies, stateaccountability systems, teacher effectiveness, high school reform, and charter schools. Mr. Lane’s currentwork involves researching and informing the policy conditions necessary for states and districts to effectivelysupport local district and school improvement efforts. Mr. Lane is currently working with leaders in multiplestates, including Massachusetts, to develop and implement policies and strategies that will improve publiceducation and close achievement gaps.Mr. Lane has authored articles and policy briefs on a variety of education issues, including charter schools,school turnaround, state systems of support, and district improvement. His most recent publications include
 Rapid District Improvement: How districts engage in rapid and sustainable improvement efforts
and
 Transforming a Statewide System of Support: The Idaho Story
, both published through the Center onInnovation & Improvement.Mass Insight Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Boston, MA, was founded in 1997. Itslaunch reflected the high priority that business, government, and education leaders placed at that time on thesuccess of Massachusetts' nascent standards-based reform drive, set in motion by the passage of the EducationReform Act of 1993. It is the sister organization of Mass Insight Global Partnerships, which has worked since1989 to keep Massachusetts and its businesses and institutions globally competitive. Mass Insight’s nationalwork focuses on district and state strategies to turn around low performing schools.
 
Abstract 1Introduction2Closing Achievement Gaps and Improving College Readiness and Success3The MMSI Theory of Action4Distinguishing Features of the Mass Math + Science Initiative5Evaluation Overview6Evaluation Analysis and Findings7Evaluation Finding 19Evaluation Finding 211Evaluation Finding 312Evaluation Finding 413Exploring the hypothetical impact of the MMSI in current, non-MMSI schools14College Readiness and Success: Preliminary observations15References16Appendix A: Summary of @Scale STEM ProgramsAppendix B: Evaluation Methodology and Comparison School SelectionAppendix C: Listing of Colleges Receiving MMSI Graduates
TableofContents
A note about the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program®The Mass Math + Science Initiative (MMSI) as a program and as evaluated in this report, is designed to increasestudents’ participation and success in AP courses, specifically Math, Science, and English courses. All references toAP courses in this report refer to the College Board’s Advanced Placement program, which enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. The Advanced Placement program includes more than 30college-level courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam; the MMSI program supports students taking andsucceeding in Math, Science, and English AP courses. As documented by the College Board, AP courses providestudents with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both. Each AP course is modeled upon acomparable college course. College faculty ensure that AP courses align with college level standards by definingcurricular expectations for each course and through a review of all AP teachers’ syllabi.Participation in an AP course culminates with students’ taking a college-level assessment that is scored by collegeand university faculty and experienced AP teachers. The College Board verifies that “an AP Exam score of 5 isequivalent to a grade of A in the corresponding college course. An AP Exam score of 4 is equivalent to grades of A-,B+ and B in college, and a score of 3 is equivalent to grades of B-, C+ and C in college.” Most four-year collegesand universities grant students credit based on successful AP Exam scores or 3 or greater. College Board research hassubstantiated that students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success incollege and are more likely to graduate on time than otherwise comparable non-AP peers.Adapted from the The College Board’s 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation

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