Research Reports

Based on over two decades of extensive research, GAP has successfully demonstrated that the high school gaps in math, reading, and English, which land most of these minority students in remedial courses, can be closed during an intensive eight-week summer program. Our summer programs have successfully eliminated the need for college remedial courses for 70-80% of the participating high school graduates, thereby saving them one year or more of college remediation in math. Similar successful results have also been reported here for Reading and English remedial courses. Throughout all of the summer programs, these students were pre- and post-tested by the national College Board Accuplacer. The results of the past five summers, starting in 2006, are highlighted below:

Basic Math and Introductory Algebra

- 50% of students tested out of either one or both of the remedial math courses based on the College Board Accuplacer test.
- 15% of the students decided to major in physics.

- 56% of the students tested out of both the remedial math courses, thereby saving themselves one year of remedial course work.
- 31% tested out of one remedial math course, thus avoiding a semester of remedial course work.
- 31% of the students decided to major in math, physics, and chemistry.
- 82% of these students are still enrolled in college.

- 60% of the students tested out of both remedial math courses.
- 16% tested out of one remedial math course.
- 30% of these students were interested in math, science, and engineering disciplines.

Summer 2009 for Dunbar High School Students

- 54% of the high school juniors and seniors tested out of both remedial math courses.
- 7% tested out of one remedial math course.
- 37% of the students, who tested out, scored in the 96-98 percentile range.
- More than half of them were interested in pursuing math and science as the major course of study.

Summer 2011 for Prince Georges County, Maryland, High School Graduates

- 91% of the students tested out of both remedial math courses
- For Basic Math, the mean score for the group on the Accuplacerincreased from 44.1 to the mean post-test score of 83.95, an increase of 90.56%.
- For Elementary Algebra, the mean score increased from the pre-test score of 52.11 to the post-test score of 95.53, an increase of 83.33%.
- Of these 19 students, eleven scored in the 91st -99th percentile range.

Reading and English

- 36% of the students tested out of both the remedial reading and English courses,
- 18% tested out of one remedial English course.

- 44% of the high school juniors and seniors tested out of both remedial reading and English courses, thereby saving themselves one year of remedial English course work.
- 25% planned to major in English.

Students' Success

Five students who decided to major in math and math related fields are on track to graduate in the typical 4-5 year period with bachelor's degrees.

One student, who started at the bottom in the Accuplacer testing, spent the following summer at the national Fermi lab as a summer intern.

Another student has been offered a full scholarship for both her undergraduate and graduate work in physics.

A third student, who did not care about books at all, cannot be seen on campus without a book anymore.

A fourth student, who started as a total failure in high school, is on his way to become a physician.

The fifth student, who is a double major in psychology and physics, is expected to graduate in the typical 4 - 5 year time frame.