National Math and Science Initiative Announces AP Results at Lawton's Eisenhower High School

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced the annual results of an innovative program that is increasing the number of Eisenhower High School students who take and pass rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) math, science, and English exams in a ceremony held Monday at the high school. The NMSI Comprehensive AP* program is made possible by a grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

“The winners here are the students who have more AP course offerings and improved scores on AP exams,” said State Superintendent Janet Barresi. “These students will enter college and the workforce with increased knowledge and skills necessary to perform the jobs of the future. This all feeds back into a healthy economy and a better citizenry for our state. I’m grateful to NMSI and to partners such as Northrop Grumman that make this program possible in our schools. I'm also thankful for the teachers who've undertaken the extra work and training this program entails.”

Barresi was joined at Monday’s ceremony by Speaker of the House State Rep. T.W. Shannon and State Rep. Ann Coody, who serves on he House’s Common Education Committee. Also speaking at the event were Kiarra Jones, an AP student at Eisenhower High School; Eisenhower High School Principal Rodney Elam; Superintendent of Lawton Public Schools Dr. Tom Deighan; Dale Fleury, Senior Director of Programs at NMSI; Nathan Slate, Lawton Site Manager for Northrop Grumman; and Patty Neuwirth, Chairman of the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

Monday’s ceremony also recognized Eisenhower as the NMSI 2012-2013 “School of the Year,” for record-setting gains in AP achievement.

Eisenhower High School was one of the first two schools to adopt the NMSI program in 2011. This year, 48 AP scholars were recognized AP scholars were recognized for achieving passing scores on math, science and English AP exams, compared to 38 students who were recognized last year.

Since the inception of the NMSI Program at Eisenhower HS in 2011-12:

  • Enrollment in an AP Math, Science, or English course has risen 138% with enrollment at 418 for this school year.
  • Students taking an AP MSE national exam has risen 206%.
  • Students receiving a qualifying score on an AP MSE exam has increased 160%- that is compared to 15% for the US and 10% for Oklahoma during that same period.
  • African American and Hispanic students receiving a qualifying score on an AP MSE exam increased 107%- that is compared to 26% for the US and 36% for Oklahoma during that same period.
  • Female students, who are sorely underrepresented in STEM education and careers, receiving a qualifying score on an AP Math or Science exam has increased 153% compared to 25% for the US and 46% for the state of Oklahoma.
  • In 2012-13, Eisenhower HS was #1 in the state of Oklahoma for African Americans and Hispanic students receiving a qualifying score in AP MSE.
  • NMSI’s Comprehensive AP program currently operates in nine schools and five districts in Oklahoma. The program is in all three high schools in Lawton and in all three high schools in the Midwest City-Del City School District. New to the program this year are Tulsa Memorial High School, U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City, and Enid High School.

The program is in 551 schools in 22 states and includes open enrollment in AP math, science and English classes for all students, increased time on task for students through special study sessions, intensive teacher training, support from master teachers and incentives for teachers and students.

About National Math and Science Initiative: NMSI, a non-profit organization, was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to transform education in the United States. NMSI has received national recognition for training K-12 teachers and improving student performance through the rapid expansion of these highly successful programs: NMSI's Comprehensive AP program, NMSI Teacher Training program, and UT Austin’s UTeach program.  Inaugural funding for NMSI, was provided by the Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. For more information, visit *Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board.

About Northrop Grumman Foundation: The Northrop Grumman Foundation supports diverse and sustainable programs for students and teachers. These programs create innovative education experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information, please visit

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Last updated on October 4, 2018