Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Incentives Prompt More to Take AP Courses Program Offers Checks for Those Who Do Well

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Incentives Prompt More to Take AP Courses Program Offers Checks for Those Who Do Well

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Students at Peters Township High School and three other districts were recently rewarded for their efforts on Advanced Placement, or AP, tests.

Peters Township High School received $30,700 to distribute to 225 students through NMSI, or the National Math and Science Initiative.

Students were surprised with checks from NMSI during their lunch period on Sept. 23.

According to its website, NMSI was formed to tackle the issue of the declining number of students who are prepared to take rigorous college courses in math and science. Its mission is to "improve student performance in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and math."

Students participating in AP math, English or science exams during the 2015-16 school year could apply for an incentive award. Students could apply for a $50 award for every score of 4 earned on the test and $100 for every 5 -the highest score a student can achieve.

AP teachers also received a stipend for participating in the program.

The Peters Township School District received a $1.2 million grant to be used over three years. Through the NMSI program, students enrolled in AP courses receive additional support and tutoring sessions, Saturday study sessions and are able to take mock AP exams.

The high school offers 21 AP courses, including calculus, biology, chemistry, English language and literature, and physics. The school saw an increase in students taking the test in 2016 as the number went from 815 tests taken in 2015 to 1,068 tests taken in 2016.

The school ranked fourth in the state in AP math scores, sixth in the state in AP science scores and fifth in the state in AP English scores.

Principal Lori Pavlik said the NMSI grant has helped more students take more rigorous coursework they might not have otherwise taken. She added that the added resources and study sessions have helped to "really improve what we're already doing" as far as AP courses at Peters Township High School.

Senior Michael Barry received a $50 check for scoring a 4 on his AP physics exam. Last year he also took AP language, government, microeconomics and macroeconomics.

He said the thought of earning a check from scoring well "definitely incentivized me to take the test. …

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