2017 Results


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

SOUTH BEND, IN – October 6, 2017 – AP-TIP IN is elated to report continued gains in the fifth 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 five 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 19 public high schools continued their successful efforts supporting college- and career-readiness during the 2016-17 school year:

  • Argos High School
  • Arsenal Tech High School
  • Broad Ripple High School
  • Clark High School
  • Clinton Prairie High School
  • Crispus Attucks High School
  • Eastern Greene High School
  • Edgewood High School
  • Griffith High School
  • Lowell High School
  • Merrillville High School
  • Mooresville High School
  • Morton High School
  • Lebanon High School
  • New Prairie High School
  • Northwestern High School
  • Twin Lakes High School
  • Washington High School
  • Whitko High School

More than 760 students in these schools achieved a score of 3, 4, or 5 on nearly 1,990 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, the number of participating schools’ AP qualifying MSE scores (scores of 3, 4, or 5 that earn college credit) increased by 87 percent. 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 3 and 4 schools, particularly African American and Hispanic students, experienced great gains in the number of students taking MSE AP courses as the number of enrollments grew 28 percent compared to the “baseline” year. Additionally, enrollment in AP math and science courses for African American and Hispanic students increased by an average of 31 percent in the same time frame.

Female students from Cohort 3 and 4 schools made similar gains in math and science qualifying scores with an increase of 151 percent. 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 five years of implementation, more than 19,000 students at AP-TIP IN schools took over 28,000 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 19,000 students, over 7,000 earned more than 11,000 qualifying scores in AP math, science and English courses.  This translates to a savings in college credit for Indiana families of approximately $8.6 million.

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 are:

AP-TIP IN English Teacher of the Year FINALISTS:             

  • Chris Jagadich – AP English Language – Morton High School
  • Amy Miller – AP English Language – Northwestern High School
  • Nancy VanAllen – AP English Language – Edgewood High School

AP-TIP IN Math Teacher of the Year FINALISTS:

  • Jonathan Arndt – AP Calculus AB – Argos Junior-Senior High School
  • Dana Bell – AP Statistics – Lowell High School
  • Marilyn Brunk – AP Computer Science Principles – Griffith High School

AP-TIP IN Science Teacher of the Year FINALISTS:

  • Martin Barker – AP Biology – Broad Ripple High School
  • Mike Dollens – AP Chemistry and AP Physics I – Lebanon High School
  • Jeff Layden – AP Biology – Northwestern High School
  • Angie Smith – AP Biology – New Prairie High School

AP-TIP IN School of the Year FINALISTS:

  • Argos Junior-Senior High School – Argos, Indiana
  • Griffith High School – Griffith, Indiana
  • Lebanon High School – Lebanon, Indiana
  • Northwestern High School – Kokomo, Indiana



AP-TIP IN English Teacher of the Year:

Chris Jagadich – AP English Language – Morton High School


AP-TIP IN Math Teacher of the Year:

Marilyn Brunk – AP Computer Science Principles – Griffith High School


AP-TIP IN Science Teacher of the Year:

Mike Dollens – AP Chemistry and AP Physics I – Lebanon High School


AP-TIP IN School of the Year:

Griffith High School


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 Boards 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.




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.

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