National Math and Science Initiative Presents Richland Two With $1.3 Million STEM Grant

By October 20, 2017Awards

October 18, 2017

Columbia, SC – Key military, education, and state elected leaders gathered today at the South

Carolina Military Base Task Force to celebrate a $1.3 million grant from the National Math and

Science Initiative (NMSI). The grant, funded by the US Department of Defense, provides

Richland School District Two with the resources to implement NMSI’s College Readiness

Program in two high schools with the majority of children from military families serving at Fort

Jackson. Implementation of the program began with the start of the 2017-18 school year.


“Our military men and women sacrifice each and every day to protect our country and the

freedoms it offers all of us, and this is another tremendous example of how we can thank them

for all that they do,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. “We’ve already seen NMSI

produce terrific results in schools across our state, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to

expand the program to benefit as many South Carolina students as we can.”


Dr. Baron R. Davis, Richland Two Superintendent, remarked at today’s celebration “Richland

Two is proud to join the national network of school systems partnering with NMSI to produce

better educational outcomes for our military families. Our teachers have already benefitted

from the superb training and additional supports. Our students are benefitting from the

increased rigor in the classroom and extra time on task provided by the Saturday Study

Sessions. We look forward to potentially expanding this successful evidence-based program

into more of our high schools over the coming years.”


A significant part of the program is the requirement that students take the Advanced

Placement (AP) exam. A successful score of 3 or higher on the AP 5-point scale illustrates

mastery of college-level skills and knowledge and qualifies students for course credit at the

majority of U.S. colleges and universities.


South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, highlighted South Carolina’s

continued success with NMSI program implementation over the past two years as an indication

of great things to come in Richland Two. “The six South Carolina high schools that have

completed at least year one of their NMSI program implementation produced an aggregated

73% first-year increase in successful AP math and science exams. These stellar outcomes, more

than ten times the national average, are the direct result of the hard work of parents, teachers

and students and the strong school partnership with the NMSI College Readiness Program.”


SC Military Base Task Force Chairman, Mr. Bill Bethea said, “The education offered to military

children directly impacts family quality of life and the vibrancy of the installation community.

Moreover, the availability of high-quality education has been repeatedly identified by the

nation’s most senior military and civilian DoD leadership as core to overall mission readiness.

We must always do more to ensure we’re providing the very best education, and highly

successful partners like NMSI are precisely what we need for all military families stationed here

in South Carolina.”


Marcus Lingenfelter, NMSI senior vice president, praised the state and local leadership and

their eagerness to embrace the Military Families Mission. “We proudly welcome Richland Two

and the entire Fort Jackson community into the NMSI family. If our results to-date at our other

program sites in South Carolina are any guide, we will be here next year celebrating

tremendous student success.”


Lingenfelter highlighted the fact that NMSI’s College Readiness Program has been previously

launched in Dorchester County School District Two and Berkeley County School District serving

the families of Joint Base Charleston. More recently, Aiken County Schools, serving dependents

of Fort Gordon, successfully completed their first year of program implementation. Charleston

County School District is the other 2017-18 program site with grant funding from both The

Boeing Company and U.S. Department of Defense.


The NMSI Military Families Mission, funded by the Department of Defense and private sector

partners, has been formally serving schools educating the children of uniformed active duty

military families since 2010. As of fall 2017, the NMSI College Readiness Program has been

implemented in 217 military-connected high schools across 30 states and serving 93

installations of all four military services. The mission of the program is to provide consistent and

rigorous STEM education offerings at the public high schools educating the overwhelming

majority of DoD children, to document and validate the student learning outcomes of those

offerings via the Advanced Placement framework and assessment, and to enhance the K-12

STEM education pipeline necessary to supply the future scientist and engineer workforce –

both uniformed and civilian.


Advanced Placement® and AP® are registered trademarks of the College Board.

For More Information see: NMSI Military Families Program Brief

For NMSI’s SC Case Study: SC Case Study