More Hoosier high schoolers will have a chance to earn college credit, as Indiana is one of a handful of states seeking to boost the number of Advanced Placement courses and the number of students taking those courses.
State School Superintendent Tony Bennett announced Thursday that Indiana would participate in the National Math and Science Initiative. The Initiative is a not-for-profit group funded primarily by ExxonMobil, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation that seeks to boost participation in AP courses, which give college credit to high school students that pass them.
“We have a state that is aggressively, actively, collectively, collaboratively pursuing excellence in education,” Bennett says.
The state is calling its program Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana. It will receive $7 million in grant money to train teachers and to increase the number of AP courses offered in high schools that are part of the program. Nine high schools will begin the initiative next year, and 24 additional schools will join over the next five years.