2018 Results

Number of Indiana high school students taking Advanced Placement courses continue to grow under AP-TIP IN



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 – November 5, 2018 – AP-TIP IN is elated to report continued gains in the sixth 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 six 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 15 public high schools and 1 private high school continued their successful efforts supporting college- and career-readiness during the 2017-18 school year:

  • Argos Jr.-Sr. High School
  • Avon High School
  • Clay High School
  • Clinton Central Jr. Sr. High School
  • Griffith High School
  • Lowell High School
  • Marion High School
  • Merrillville High School
  • Michigan City High School
  • Mooresville High School
  • Muncie Central High School
  • New Albany High School
  • Northwestern High School
  • Providence Cristo Rey High School
  • Twin Lakes High School
  • Washington High School

More than 765 students in these schools achieved a score of 3, 4, or 5 on 949 AP MSE tests, thereby becoming eligible for college credit for those college courses. (Many students took more than one AP test.) 

After two years 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 82 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 4 and 5 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 48 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 80 percent in the same time frame.

Female students from Cohort 4 and 5 schools made similar gains in math and science qualifying scores with an increase of 61 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 six years of implementation, more than 21,000 students at AP-TIP IN schools took over 30,600 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 21,000 students, over 7,000 earned more than 12,000 qualifying scores in AP math, science and English courses.  This translates to a savings in college credit for Indiana families of approximately $10 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:             

  • Maia Hawthorne – AP English Language and AP English Literature – Twin Lakes High School
  • Carter McClure – AP English Language – Muncie Central High School
  • Melissa Sickinger – AP English Language – Merrillville 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
  • Christine Chidichimo – AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC – Griffith High School

AP-TIP IN Science Teacher of the Year FINALISTS:

  • Kathleen Kozinski – AP Chemistry – Avon High School
  • Matthew Payne  – AP Chemistry – Avon High School
  • Clark Mumaw – AP Chemistry – New Albany High School
  • Kristi Phillippe – AP Biology – Marion High School

AP-TIP IN Affiliate School of the Year FINALISTS:

  • Pike High School – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Speedway High School – Speedway, Indiana
  • Whiteland Community High School – Whiteland, Indiana

AP-TIP IN School of the Year FINALISTS:

  • Lowell High School – Lowell, Indiana
  • Michigan City High School – Michigan City, Indiana
  • Mooresville High School – Mooresville, Indiana



AP-TIP IN English Teacher of the Year:

Melissa Sickinger – AP English Language – Merrillville High School


AP-TIP IN Math Teacher of the Year:

Dana Bell – AP Statistics – Griffith High School


AP-TIP IN Science Teacher of the Year:

Kathleen Kozinski – AP Chemistry – Avon High School

Matthew Payne – AP Chemistry – Avon High School


AP-TIP IN Affiliate School of the Year:

Speedway High School


AP-TIP IN School of the Year:

Michigan City High School



Aptipin Map Coh All Sep 20172017-18 Cohort 4 and 5 Map with Affiliates

The location of the cohort schools shown on this state map demonstrates the geographical and demographical diversity of this program.


Thank you to our supporters:

Lilly Endowment, Inc. for Cohort Schools from 2016 to 2020

Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, for Washington High School from 2016 to 2019

Indiana Commission for Higher Education for Cohorts 4 and 5 from 2017 to 2018




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.

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.

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 Education Initiatives, Center for STEM Education

And is affiliated with the National Math and Science Initiative