APTIP-IN a Source of Dollars for Students and Teachers

Incentives paid to public high school students and teachers in connection with college-level studies in English, science, and math drew the attention of reporter Vic Ryckaert at The Indianapolis Star   on March 4. As posted at Indystar.com, the story of the program promoting preparation for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (R) tests in those key disciplines recognized Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives as administrator of the program. The story was also posted by USA Today and was referenced in a comment in a Tampa Bay Times blog.

The program, called the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Indiana (APTIP-IN), is in the first year of a five-year partnership with the state’s Department of Education and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). Karen Morris, a faculty member in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, serves as program director for APTIP-IN. She explained to The Star that the program, supported through grant money supplied to several states by NMSI, uses a business model–including $100 incentives paid to students who receive a grade of 3, 4, or 5 in specific AP tests–to encourage college-level, STEM-related preparation for Indiana’s future workforce.

“It really is a small reward for a lot of extra effort,” said Morris in the article. “In the long run, that extra effort is going to reap big rewards.”

Education in the STEM disciplines–science, technology, engineering, and math–for which the private sector in Indiana and elsewhere has a growing demand, is an area of focus in the Institute for Educational Initiatives. The institute also houses a program called the Notre Dame Excellence in STEM Education Initiative.

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