Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc., an affiliate of the National Math and Science Initiative, is funding an Advanced Placement Training and Incentive program in ten schools beginning in August 2008. Under a competitive request for proposal process, issued in August 2008 and 2009 Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc. will invite schools to apply for participation in the program. The goals of the program are to strengthen the teaching of the APÂ® mathematics, science, and English courses and to build enrollment and increase the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on APÂ® exams in these subjects. Ultimately, AR AIMS, Inc. will work with 30 schools.
Arkansas was one of seven states selected to receive a National Math and Science Initiative Grant in August, 2007.Â The grant will extend over the next five years. Â AR AIMS, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed to administer the grant.
The National Math and Science Initiative was formed to address one of this nationâ€™s greatest economic and intellectual threats:Â the declining number of students who are prepared for and take rigorous college courses in mathematics and science.Â NMSI is funded by a partnership of private donors, led by ExxonMobil, who are interested in significantly changing the current trends.
A primary goal of NMSI and AR AIMS, Inc. is to increase the number of students taking and scoring 3 or higher on AP math, science and English exams. Â AR AIMS, Inc. will be required to implement proven strategies to increase significantly the number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement courses and exams.Â These strategies were developed by Advanced Placement Strategies, Inc. of Texas.Â In the schools that they serve, over a five year period, on average the number of students scoring 3 or higher on AP English has tripled, the number of students scoring 3 or higher on AP mathematics exams has quadrupled, and the number of students scoring 3 or higher on AP science exams has quintupled.Â The strategies included 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 in their schools by mentoring other AP and Pre-Ap Teachers.
AR AIMS, Inc. will ultimately work with 30 Arkansas high schools. Â As of November 2013, our total number of Arkansas schools is 41.
Program features include:
- Voluntary participation on the part of students, teachers, and schools
- Annual financial incentives for [teachers, students, and schools] based on APÂ® Exam results
- Cultivation of lead teachers to mentor a vertical team of APÂ® and Pre-APÂ® teachers
- Advanced-level, content-focused training for teachers of APÂ® and Pre-APÂ® math, science and English courses
- More time on task for students, including Saturday APÂ® exam prep sessions
- Measurement and accountability for results through professional management by Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc.
APÂ® Teachers are the key to the success of the program. They continuously strive to improve their teaching and expand their programs. They collaborate with Pre-APÂ® teachers to build a pipeline of students prepared for the rigors of APÂ®, establish goals for academic performance, emphasize the importance of every student taking the APÂ® exam, and encourage all students to attend special events. School administration is expected to provide necessary facilities, equipment, scheduling consideration, logistical assistance, and coordination of student advisement to help ensure the success of the program.