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Math, science and technology initiative leads to better SAT-10 scores

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012 15:55 PM

In an effort to improve the quality of students’ education, the Alabama Department of Education launched the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI). According to the program’s website, the initiative is designed to prepare K-12 students for success in college and the workforce.

Based on the results of a new report from the U.S. Department of Education, students who are enrolled in Alabama schools that are using AMSTI have managed to improve their Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-10) scores, The Birmingham News reported.

For instance, those who attend AMSTI schools were found to score two percentile points better on the SAT-10 than those who are not enrolled in these institutions after just one year, according to the news source. With at least two years of AMSTI learning under their belts, students were able to increase their scores by four percentile points.

"Alabama's future is bright as these young minds are challenged to think critically and solve complex problems with no obvious answer - 21st-century skills business and industry are asking of our graduates," said Tommy Bice, Alabama's state superintendent of education, as quoted by the news outlet.