AP Training Program Increases Scores, Acquires Funding

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AP-TIP IN provides professional development for teachers. AP-TIP IN provides professional development for teachers.
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The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana, operated through the University of Notre Dame, is celebrating high achievement among students who take part in the program statewide.

“We are extremely excited about our results from our AP-TIP IN Program, which is the result of 30 Indiana public high schools who have been working in Advanced Placement math, science and English courses. We have teachers and students who’ve been working very hard over the past year and the results of their efforts have been truly amazing,” says Karen Morris, director, Institute for Educational Initiatives. She adds that the program exceeded this year’s projections by hundreds of students.

In addition, the report results indicate women and minority students showed distinctive gains crucial for closing the achievement gap in STEM studies.

The complete results, plus awards for AP-TIP IN School of the Year and Teachers of the Year, will be shared on Tuesday October 6th at Kokomo High School. AP-TIP IN has been administered through Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives since 2012, and continues to expand. Students and educators receive continuing education opportunities throughout the year.

The Indiana Commission for Higher education has awarded a $267,000 grant to support the teacher development work of AP-TIP IN. The grant will be used to sustain its innovative professional development for the teachers involved in the program. Conferences and other collaborations with public high school teachers will help their students earn college credits in science, math, and English courses at participating schools.

Morris says her office is looking to expand the program through even more high schools and find funders to support the advanced placement efforts that lead to career readiness for students. “It’s important to support teachers during this time of shrinking budgets.”

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