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FIGURE 5-3 The number of AP examinations in mathematics, science, and English taken in APIP schools in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). The number of AP examinations taken has increased more than 9-fold over 10 years.

SOURCE: Advanced Placement Strategies. 2005. The 2004 results are based on updated data received from the Dallas Independent School District for AP examinations in mathematics, science, and English.

made it the model for 16 similar schools around the world. It is the first school of its kind in the nation—a public, residential high school where students study a specialized science and mathematics curriculum. At NCSSM, teachers come for a “sabbatical year,” and the school has a structure and the personnel it needs to offer summer institutes for outstanding students.

  • Inquiry-Based Learning. Summer research programs stimulate student interest and achievement in science, mathematics, and technology. Programs that involve several institutions or public–private partnerships should be encouraged, as should those designed to stimulate low-income and minority student participation.

CONCLUSION

Public education is potentially our country’s most valuable asset, yet our system has too long ignored the development of critical teaching and workforce skills.



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