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Advanced Academics

Advanced Academics

Advanced Academics

Good schools commit to providing opportunities and support for all students to succeed in rigorous coursework. School leaders and teachers are focused on helping students achieve college and career success. We work closely with partner schools to strengthen instruction, provide student supports, and create a culture of high expectations for all students.

Advanced Placement® STEM & English Program

Advanced Placement® STEM & English Program

Mass Insight’s Advanced Placement STEM & English Program partners with high schools to drive a school culture of high expectations and dramatically increase participation and performance in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, particularly among underserved populations, to prepare students for college and career success in English, and in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In Massachusetts, we partner with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to deliver the largest high school STEM program in the state. We've worked with 50,000 students over the last decade and more than 100 high schools.

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Increase participation

GREATER student enrollment in AP math, science and English courses

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Increase performance

MORE qualifying scores on AP math, science, and English examinations

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Increase college success

MORE students matriculating to, persisting in, and graduating from college

1 — 3 Year Increase in AP® Math, Science, and English in MA Partner Schools

1 — 3 Year Increase in AP® Math, Science, and English in MA Partner Schools

Core and Sustaining Partnerships

Core and Sustaining Partnerships

Our three-year Core Partnership program offers our full array of program elements leading to dramatic increases in participation and performance in AP STEM & English courses.

Our Sustainment Partnership program provides schools that have completed the Core Partnership program with an opportunity to continue to expand student achievement and teacher capacity in AP STEM & English courses. Sustainment partners determine which program elements they wish to continue to participate in and receive Mi support.

Program Elements

Student Study Sessions
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Mass Insight offers three Saturday Study Sessions per content area throughout the school year to students participating in the AP STEM & English program. At these sessions, they can receive extra content coaching and help from both their teacher as well as content area experts. The final of the three sessions is a mock AP exam.

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Mock Exams
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Mass Insight facilitates one mock exam session each school year per AP math, science, and English content area. The mock exam session offers students the opportunity to take a mock AP exam, in an actual AP test environment, using AP exam-like questions and occasionally questions directly from the most recently released College Board AP exam. Mass Insight then facilitates the grading and reading of each mock exam and returns a score analysis back to the student and teacher, as well as provides (in some cases) deconstruction lessons, best practices, and summary reports.

 

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Open Access
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Mass Insight requires schools to adopt open access standards and policies for all AP math, science, and English courses. To support schools and teachers in fully realizing the advantages of the open access concept, Mass Insight utilizes a set of questions, interviews, and policy reviews to evaluate schools and help make adjustments.

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Instructional Resources
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Mass Insight subject matter expert consultants provide knowledge and guidance on current and appropriate AP-level textbooks, equipment, and other AP-level resources. Additionally, Mass Insight facilitates the sharing of resources among the hundreds of teachers within the program's network. We provide funding for materials and equipment and offer a lending library of science equipment to our partner schools.

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Advanced Placement© Summer Institute
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The AP Summer Institutes are five-day, College Board endorsed teacher trainings open to all teachers inside and outside of the Mass Insight AP STEM & English Program. The Institutes are subject-specific professional development opportunities led by College Board accredited instructors, providing teachers with the support and training needed to teach a variety of AP courses and to utilize strategies to teach students the fundamentals of AP to get them ready for the AP classroom. Holding Summer Institutes since 2008, Mass Insight has now provided training, Graduate Credits and Professional Development Points to over 10,000 teachers, and is one of the largest Summer Institutes in the region.

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Partners In Excellence Award Celebration
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The goal of the annual Partners In Excellence (PIE) event is to honor AP teachers from across Massachusetts for their exceptional dedication to helping more students take and thrive in challenging AP classes.

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Instructional Coaching
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Mass Insight subject matter expert consultants provide coaching and mentoring to schools and teachers on current and appropriate AP strategies key to student and class success.

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October Two-Day Teacher Workshops
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The Two-Day Workshop is a concentrated and comprehensive professional development training for AP math, science, English teachers. Over the course of the two days, participants share best practices, engage in roundtable discussions, and learn focused and targeted strategies instrumental to successfully running their AP course.

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By the Numbers

Of the Mass Insight AP STEM & English program's 23,000 students who graduated from high school since 2008-2009, 78% have gone on to attend college. Of those students who are students of color, 88% have persisted through two years of college; 78% have either graduated from college or are on track to graduate.

By the Numbers

Mass Insight has more than tripled the number of female students receiving qualifying scores at partner schools.

By the Numbers

Of the Mass Insight AP STEM & English program's 23,000 students who graduated from high school since 2008-2009, 78% have gone on to attend college. Of those students, 92% have persisted through two years of college; 81% have either graduated from college or are on track to graduate.

By the Numbers

Mass Insight has more than quadrupled the number of African American & Hispanic student qualifying scores at partner schools.

By the Numbers

The program has expanded rigorous, college-level AP courses in 100+ high schools across Massachusetts, resulting in more than 13,000 new enrollments in AP STEM classes, and more than 5,000 additional passing scores on AP math, science, and English exams.

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