Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Awarded $9 Million STEM Advanced Placement Access Grant

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BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education has been awarded a $9 million, five-year STEM Advanced Placement Access Expansion Opportunity grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant will expand students’ access to AP coursework in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, particularly for students of color,

English learners, and students with disabilities. In particular, the grant will help DESE to identify “AP deserts” – high schools where a low number of students engage in AP STEM courses despite having the skills to participate in this advanced coursework – and to provide a statewide virtual platform so these students can engage in the coursework at no additional cost to the student, family, or school district.

DESE said it will share more details as they become available.


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