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R.L. Turner students earn college credit in first year of LBJ Express grant

LBJ Express and NMSI leaders join R.L. Turner students and educators to celebrate AP test results. Students received  $100 for each AP test they passed.

R.L. Turner High School students exceed expectations with outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) math and science results

Statistic after statistic shows that the United States is losing ground on its competitive edge in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Yet, the demand for these skills is increasing year after year.  While the LBJ Express project is being built through a public-private partnership, the member companies have engaged in yet another public-private partnership to assist in the promotion of these valuable and highly-needed skills.

One year after kicking off an aggressive academic push underwritten by the LBJ Express project, hundreds of cheering students at R.L. Turner High Schoolare celebrating the initial results of the program – as demonstrated by more than 200 of their fellow students who already have passed Advanced Placement (AP) tests to earn college credit in at least one subject.

LBJ Infrastructure Group CEO Antonio Alvarez-Cedron, along with other LBJ Express leaders, congratulates R.L. Turner students for their achievements in math and science.

R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD began implementing the nationally recognized Advanced Placement Training & Initiative Program (APTI) in the 2011-2012 school year. A hallmark program of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), the program has proven to dramatically increase U.S. student achievement in AP math and science courses.

That trend is being proven at R.L. Turner, where 228 students have passed AP exams in the past 12 months, an 83 percent increase from the previous year. Among those are 70 students who passed the AP math exam, representing a 288 percent increase over the previous year, and 44 students who passed the AP science exam, a 109 percent increase. (Source: The College Board)

The LBJ Express project provided a $500,000-plus grant to help students and faculty focus on and achieve success in math and science.

R.L. Turner High School Principal Georgeanne Warnock said the additional focus on staff training and student preparation is already paving the way toward long-term gains.

LBJ Express’ Andy Rittler talks with AP students about opportunities ahead.

“It is thrilling for parents and educators to see so many kids not only planning for their future, but also taking important steps now to set goals and begin achieving their dreams,” said Warnock.

“After a century of scientific and engineering marvels, America needs to redouble our efforts to equip the next generation of workers,” said Andy Rittler, Director of Corporate Affairs for the LBJ Express project. “The LBJ Express team is committed to doing our part to help local students achieve academic success that will send them on the road to long-term career success.”


About the National Math and Science Initiative: The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is an agent of change that was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education and science to improve student achievement in math and science across the American public school system. The NMSI mission is to bring best practices to the education sector by replicating proven programs on a national scale that have more than 10 years of proven results. These programs include the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program to prepare more high school students to succeed in college level courses, the UTeach program to recruit and train more math and science teachers, and the Laying the Foundation program to prepare middle school and high school students to succeed in pre-AP and AP classes. NMSI has received major funding support for its ground-breaking national initiatives from Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, with additional support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Texas Instruments and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Learn more at

About the LBJ Express: The 17-mile LBJ Express project in Dallas encompasses improvements along I-635 from Luna Road to Greenville Avenue, as well as on I-35E between Loop 12 and Valwood Parkway. When complete in late 2015, the LBJ Express will dramatically increase the capacity of the current roadway and reduce traffic congestion. The LBJ Express is a project of the LBJ Infrastructure Group LLC, comprised of Cintra US, Meridiam Infrastructure and the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. The Contractor for the project is Trinity Infrastructure, a collaboration between Ferrovial Agroman and Texas-based Webber. Learn more at or contact Andy Rittler at

Video of our Breakfast with the Students @ R.L. Turner High School:

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