What is NMSI?
The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was formed in 2006 to address one of this nation’s greatest economic and intellectual threats: the declining number of students who are prepared for and take rigorous college courses in mathematics and science. To flourish in the 21st century, the United States must continue to generate intellectual capital that can drive the research and development activities that fuel the economic engine of our future prosperity.
The primary goal of NMSI and the Indiana effort, AP-TIP IN, is to increase the number of students who gain qualifying scores (scoring 3 or higher) on AP® math, science and English (MSE) exams. This mission is served by partnering with AP-TIP IN to provide AP teacher training and incentive programs for teachers, schools and students in Indiana.
For more information: http://www.nms.org
How is Indiana involved with NMSI?
As a non-for-profit organization centered in the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame, AP-TIP IN is subcontracting with NMSI for the i3 (Investing in Innovation) grant to serve Indiana public secondary schools. AP-TIP IN will be required to implement proven strategies to increase significantly the number of students taking and receiving qualifying scores in AP® MSE courses and exams. These include extensive formal and informal training of AP® and Pre-AP teachers, additional time on task for students, financial incentives based on academic results, and cultivation of lead teachers to provide leadership to the program by mentoring other AP® and Pre-AP teachers.
How were schools identified to participate in AP-TIP IN?
Schools that have made some effort to expand or sustain their MSE AP® programs and that are able to qualify their students as “high need” in any one of the following areas were identified to participate:
- Low-income/FRPL (INDIANA defined as 32% - the state median)
- Minority (INDIANA defined as 19% - the state median)
- Achievement gap (generally, as it relates to STEM, and as it relates to AP).
Invitations to participate in the i3 grant were solicited in June, 2011 with identification and MOU’s submitted by July 1, 2011.
Who was selected to participate?
Thirty-three Indiana high schools have the opportunity to participate in the 5-year grant program. Each school that opts in to implementing the grant will receive funding for a three-year period over the course of the grant. The schools will be funded in as cohorts. The 33 Indiana High Schools selected are:
- Arsenal Tech
- Ben Davis
- Benton Central
- Broad Ripple
- George Rogers Clark
- Clinton Prairie
- Concord Community
- Crawford County
- Crispus Attucks
- Decatur Central
- Eastern Greene
- Elkhart Central
- Elkhart Memorial
- Lake Central
- Lawrence Central
- Lawrence North
- Perry Meridian
- Richmond Senior
- Whiteland Community
Whitko Cohort 1 schools (currently implementing the program):
- Concord Community High School
- Elkhart Central High School
- Elkhart Memorial High School
- Jeffersonville High School
- Mississinewa High School
- Perry Meridian High School
- Pike High School
- Southport High School
Speedway High School Cohort 2 schools (begin implementation in the 2013-14 school year):
- Ben Davis High School - Indianapolis
- Crawford County High School - Marengo
- Gavit High School - Hammond
- Hammond High School
- Kokomo High School
- Lake Central High School – St. John
- Lawrence Central High School - Indianapolis
- Lawrence North High School - Indianapolis
- Richmond High School
- Westfield High School
- Whiteland High School
What will happen after the NMSI grant expires?
The long-term vision is for AP-TIP IN is to develop a public-private partnership between the program, Indiana schools, the Indiana Dept. of Education and local, regional and state business and industry. Opportunities to expand the activities of AP-TIP IN into additional public and private Indiana high schools will emerge starting in 2015 as private funding will be obtained to maintain the current AP-TIP IN schools and expand to other schools in Indiana.
Are businesses allowed to identify schools in which they wish to work for AP-TIP IN?
Yes, it is strongly encouraged that local businesses support their schools in this fashion, and we welcome inquiries from business partners as well as connections from school partners to contact.