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NMSI names EHS Nation's School of the Year

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla_ Eisenhower High School was named the first National Math and Science Initiative's (NMSI) School of the Year in a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol today.

The award resulted from record-setting gains in academic achievement by EHS in its first year participating in NMSI's Advanced Placement Program. The school will be formally recognized at a NMSI awards presentation in Dallas on May 29.

NMSI's Advanced Placement Program operates in 462 schools in 18 states across the country and includes intensive training for teachers, open enrollment, additional study sessions for students and incentives for success.

In its first year of the program, Eisenhower students increased qualifying scores on AP math, science and English exams by 81% and by themselves accounted for 23% of Oklahoma's gains in qualifying scores in math, science and English. EHS also increased qualifying scores among African-American and Hispanic students in the critical subjects of math, science and English by 136%, giving it the most qualifying scores in the state among minority students in those subject areas.

"The results at Eisenhower High are spectacular," said Sara Martinez Tucker, NMSI President and CEO. "The progress being made there will open doors to college for more students -- and many of them have parents serving our country in the military."

In 2009-10, EHS reported only 130 students taking AP math, science and English classes. Through a generous grant from Northrop Grumman, the school began implementing the NMSI Teacher Training Program over a 3-year period, beginning last school year.

Enrollment in AP math, science and English courses doubled to 266 students in the first year of the program. The program continues to grow, with 357 students enrolled in AP math, science, and English courses, a phenomenal 175% increase from 2009-10.

Eisenhower High is one of 52 high schools serving students from military families that have been selected to implement NMSI's highly successful AP program. Lawton's other two high schools have also implemented the program, with Lawton High School's effort being funded through a partnership with Boeing, and MacArthur High School's program funded by the Department of Defense Education Activity.

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