Indiana Program for College-Readiness Is Doubling In Size

April 21, 2013William Schmitt

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See the press kit for the April 23 announcement in the Indiana Statehouse.

A statewide program helping to increase college and career readiness among Indiana high school students will more than double in size, with 11 newly participating schools set to be welcomed Tuesday, April 23 in an Indiana Statehouse announcement ceremony featuring Glenda Ritz, the state’s new Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The announcement of growth will build upon this first year of the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), during which educators in nine high schools are participating in stepped-up support for College Board Advanced Placement ® courses and tests in math, science, and English.

Representatives from the 11 new participants—public schools from across Indiana—will gather in the Statehouse at 9:30 am with Superintendent Ritz, as well as Gregg Fleisher, chief program officer at the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), and Karen Morris, AP-TIP IN program director from the University of Notre Dame, which is administering the program in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE).

Notre Dame will also be represented by Dr. Christine Maziar, Vice President and Senior Associate Provost, and by Dr. Joyce Johnstone, the Ryan Senior Director for Program Development at the Institute for Educational Initiatives, the interdisciplinary unit through which the University serves as AP-TIP IN administrator.

Other educators, legislators, media, and members of stakeholder groups supporting college-level student preparation in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines are invited to the ceremony.

The AP-TIP IN model, operating in a total of eight states, receives funding from NMSI through an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant and is an innovative non-profit organization striving to positively impact math and science education in the United States. The program, utilizing incentives and training for teachers and students to boost successful outcomes on selected AP ® tests, complements IDOE’s goal of unsurpassed academic achievement and career preparation among Indiana high school students.

More details about AP-TIP IN’s mission and operations can be found at the Institute for Educational Initiatives website. The information includes the names of the nine schools chosen as the program’s first cohort in 2012-2013 based on their readiness and interest in replicating the NMSI “elements of success,” which aim to increase enrollments in AP courses, increase students’ scores on AP tests, and improve the overall effectiveness of STEM-related education.

The second cohort of eleven high schools will be officially welcomed at the April 23 ceremony in the Statehouse atrium in Indianapolis. An accompanying fact sheet lists the selected schools.

Those interested in attending the event or receiving more information are invited to contact Kat Lubker at klubker@nd.edu.

Media Contact: Bill Schmitt, Institute for Educational Initiatives wschmitt@nd.edu.