Mississinewa to participate in Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Indiana

Mississinewa to participate in Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Indiana

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett today announced a new initiative aiming to dramatically increase college and career readiness among Hoosier students. Indiana now joins a select group of states partnering with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to raise Advanced Placement (AP) test scores.

The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Indiana (AP-TIP IN) will boost both the quantity and quality of AP classes available to Indiana students while focusing on two subjects key to Indiana’s economic development — Math and Science. In Indiana, key support for the program will be provided by the University of Notre Dame, whose Institute for Educational Initiatives will administer the AP-TIP IN program.

“More Indiana students are acquiring the skills necessary to graduate high school prepared for college and the 21st century workforce,”Bennett said. “Indiana’s participation in this initiative lets us build upon the recent gains driven by our local educators. This partnership will encourage our students — and our economy — farther along the path toward a successful and sustainable future.”

Nine high schools will participate in the program during the 2012-2013 school year, with 33 high schools scheduled to join within five years. Next year’s participants include the following:

Concord High School, Elkhart

Perry Meridian High School, Indianapolis

Elkhart Central High School

Pike High School, Indianapolis

Elkhart Memorial High School

Southport High School, Indianapolis

Jeffersonville High School

Speedway High School, Indianapolis

Mississinewa High School , Gas City

The AP-TIP program provides a comprehensive approach focused on providing educators the cutting-edge tools and resources they need to increase instructional effectiveness. Participating schools and teachers receive extra training and incentives to increase academic achievement for students. To jump-start the program, Notre Dame has already overseen the training of about 225 AP math, science and English teachers.

NMSI’s support for the initiative includes a $7 million grant to implement additional AP courses in Indiana. Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Virginia have also implemented the AP-TIP program through support from NMSI. Data show participating schools have made significant increases in both the overall percentage of students passing and the percentage of minority students passing AP tests while implementing the initiative.

Hoosier employers have also lent a helping hand to the project. IDOE’s and Notre Dame’s efforts have been and will continue to be supported by BioCrossroads, the Lumina Foundation and the Lilly Endowment.

AP courses provide students access to challenging post-secondary experiences in high school. Students who pass AP courses receive college credit and are more likely to graduate from a post-secondary institution.

For more information on NMSI, please visit http://www.nationalmathandscience.org/.

For more information on the AP Program, go to http://nationalmathandscience.org/programs/ap-training-incentive-programs.

To learn more about the AP-TIP IN program, visit http://iei.nd.edu/programs/advanced-placement-training-incentive-program-ap-tip-in/.

Source: State of Indiana

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