2016 Results

Press Release

October 7, 2016


Continued high levels of achievement in AP* math, science, and English courses will be saluted; “AP-TIP IN” program grows as Notre Dame supports teachers and students statewide

SOUTH BEND, IN – October 7, 2016 – AP-TIP IN is elated to report continued gains in the fourth year of its program designed to increase the number of high school students earning college credit from their successes in Advanced Placement* math, science, and English courses.

After completing three years in the program, participants demonstrated that the innovative model developed by the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) dramatically increases preparation and performance in the AP math, science, and English (MSE) tests. Students and teachers in the following 21 public high schools continued their successful efforts supporting college- and career-readiness during the 2015-2016 school year:

  • Arsenal Tech High School
  • Ben Davis High School
  • Broad Ripple High School
  • Clark High School
  • Crawford County High School
  • Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet School
  • Eastern Green High School
  • Edgewood High School
  • Gavit High School
  • Hammond High School
  • Kokomo High School
  • Lake Central High School
  • Lawrence Central High School
  • Lawrence North High School
  • Lebanon High School
  • Morton High School
  • New Prairie High School
  • Richmond High School
  • Westfield High School
  • Whiteland High School
  • Whitko High School

More than 1,700 students in these schools achieved a score of 3, 4, or 5 on nearly 2,670 AP MSE tests, thereby becoming eligible for college credit for those college courses. (Many students took more than one AP test.) 

In their first year of participating in AP-TIP IN, participating schools’ AP MSE scores increased by an average of 57%!  This increase reflects the success of the AP-TIP IN and NMSI model of preparing both students and teachers for mastery of advanced subject matter, and increased access to and enrollment in, designated AP courses.

Minority students at Cohort 2 and 3 schools, particularly African American and Hispanic students, experienced great gains in the number of college-level scores for MSE AP exams as the number of qualifying scores (scores of 3, 4, or 5 that earn college credit) nearly doubled compared to the “baseline” year. Additionally, success on AP math and science exams for African American and Hispanic students increased by an average of 154% in the same time frame.

Female students from Cohort 2 and 3 schools made similar gains in math and science qualifying scores with an increase of 152%. Such strides among these key underrepresented groups prove that students, when provided the opportunity and support, can close the achievement gap as they become STEM-literate and geared for college success.

The NMSI model combines training and incentives for students and educators who want to take their high school expectations to the next level. Through the AP-TIP IN program, which is administered for Indiana by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, participating public schools cooperate in year-round initiatives. These include extensive training of teachers, additional time-on-task for students through tutoring and exam preparation, and financial incentives for students and teachers when testing yields the qualifying scores.

After four years of implementation, more than 17,000 students at AP-TIP IN schools took over 25,300 AP math, science, and English courses. Increasing enrollments and access to AP math, science, and English courses is a goal of this program; and this practice opens doors to college success among all participants. Of those 12,000 students, over 6,500 earned more than 10,000 qualifying scores in AP math, science and English courses.  This translates to a savings in college credit for Indiana families of approximately $8,000,000!

AP-TIP IN acknowledges the successes of its teachers and schools by awarding AP-TIP IN Teachers of the Year in the areas of Math, Science and English, and a School of the Year.  The finalists for these awards were announced at the AP-TIP IN Fall Conference on Friday, September 23, 2016.  The Finalists are:

AP-TIP IN English Teacher of the Year FINALISTS:

  • Angela Coddington - AP English Language - Lebanon High School
  • Linus Peck - AP English Literature - Lawrence Central High School
  • Chrystal Wilkeson - AP English Language & AP English Literature - New Prairie High School

AP-TIP IN Math Teacher of the Year FINALISTS:

  • Pavel Abramov - AP Statistics - Eastern Greene High School
  • Timothy Fish - AP Calculus BC - Whiteland High School
  • Rebecca Hufty - AP Calculus AB and BC - Lawrence North High School

AP-TIP IN Science Teacher of the Year FINALISTS:

  • Jason Bousman - AP Environmental Science - Westfield High School
  • Kevin Morse - AP Chemistry - Westfield High School
  • Dustin Verpooten - AP Biology - Lake Central High School

AP-TIP IN School of the Year FINALISTS:

  • Edgewood High School
  • Lake Central High School
  • Westfield High School
  • Whitko High School


AP-TIP IN English Teacher of the Year:

Angela Coddington - AP English Language - Lebanon High School


AP-TIP IN Math Teacher of the Year:

Timothy Fish - AP Calculus BC - Whiteland High School


AP-TIP IN Science Teacher of the Year:

Dustin Verpooten - AP Biology - Lake Central High School


AP-TIP IN School of the Year:

Whitko High School


AP-TIP IN, currently funded as a five-year program, is soliciting funds to assist new schools for future cohorts. Additional information can be found at Notre Dame’s AP-TIP IN website:  http://iei.nd.edu/aptipin.



National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is an innovative non-profit organization created to scale programs proven to positively impact math and science education in the U.S. Launched in March 2007, NMSI was developed in response to the call for action by the National Academies’ 2005 blue ribbon panel report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm. According to the panel of 20 experts, improving American students’ performance in math and science coursework is the most effective way to increase the United States’ global competitiveness. Exxon Mobil Corporation announced its support for the initiative with a commitment of $125 million. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation have also joined as funders. For more information about NMSI, please visit www.nms.org.


College Board’s Advanced Placement Program* enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Thirty-seven courses in 22 subject areas are offered. Based on their performance on rigorous AP exams, sections of which are scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers, students can earn credit, advanced placement or both for college. More than 3600 colleges and universities around the world recognize AP for credit, placement and/or admissions decisions, including more than 90 percent of four- year colleges and universities in the United States. For more information, please visit www.collegeboard.com.


* AP and Advanced Placement Program are registered trademarks of College Board.  Used with permission.

Program Overview

AP-TIP IN™ is a statewide math-science initiative dedicated to helping Indiana’s students reach new heights in rigorous academic achievement. Begun in 2012, this is a five-year partnership between Advanced Placement – Training and Incentive Program (AP-TIP IN) and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). Under conditions of matching over the five years, NMSI has committed $7 million to AP-TIP IN.


NMSI Elements of Success

The NMSI Model, comprised of interrelated elements essential for success, is premised on proven success using a philosophy of inclusiveness and high expectations for each student to successfully prepare for and participate in academically rigorous coursework, i.e., the Advanced Placement (AP) Program


Success is measured by growth of students’ participation in AP courses both in terms of enrollments (Pre-AP and AP) and of Qualifying Scores in eligible MSE courses


The eligible math, science and English (MSE) AP courses include: Calculus (AB, BC), Computer Science A, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics (1 and 2, C: Mechanics), English Language and English Literature.

The components of the NMSI Model that AP-TIP IN is replicating are designed to be inplemented in a coordinated complementary manner. 

Described briefly below are these interrelated components.


For Students:

AP Courses in MSE         ►Rigorous AP college-level courses in math, science and English.

Open Enrollments:           A culture of inclusiveness and preparation for more students to enroll in AP classes.

Student Time-on-Task:    ►Tutoring, exam prep sessions, and other support made readily available to students.

Exam Fees:                      Supplements to help cover AP exam fees not provided from other sources.

Incentives:                        Students receive $100 per Qualifying Score (3, 4, or 5) on AP exams in eligible MSE courses.

Counseling/Recruiting:     Supportive information to help in student/family decisions to prepare for and enroll in AP.




AP-TIP IN is part of the University of Notre Dame
 Institute for Educational Initiatives
and is affiliated with the National Math and Science Initiative

For Teachers/Administrators/Schools:

Teacher Training:                 ►For AP & Pre-AP teachers, 4-day summer institutes & other training during the academic year.

Stipend:                                AP teachers receive a $500 stipend to support additional responsibilities in extra training and teaching AP

Incentives:                           Based on enrollment, AP teachers receive a $500 incentive.

Threshold Bonuses:            Achieving pre-set targets for Qualifying Scores (by class and by school) triggers bonuses for AP teachers and the designated school administrator.