Request for Proposal Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc



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Advanced Placement® Training and Incentive Program Request for Proposal


Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc., a program of the National Math and Science Initiative, is considering funding an Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program at your school beginning in August 2008. Under a competitive Request for Proposal process, Arkansas AIMS invites proposals schools to apply for participation in the program. The goal of the program is to strengthen the teaching of AP® mathematics, science, and English courses, and to build enrollment and increase the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on AP exams in these subjects.
Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science,Inc. is a non-profit corporation that works with Arkansas schools and the private sector to maximize the number of students passing AP mathematics, science, and English exams by planning, implementing, and managing training and incentive programs. These programs are modeled after a successful similar program designed by Advanced Placement Strategies, Inc. of Texas. In the schools that they serve, on average over five years, the number of students scoring 3 or higher on AP English exams 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. Training and incentive programs complement the Advanced Placement Program® administered by the College Board.
Program features include:


  • Voluntary participation on the part of students, teachers, and schools

  • Annual financial incentives for [teachers, students, and schools] based on AP Exam results

  • Cultivation of lead teachers to mentor a vertical team of AP and Pre-AP® teachers

  • Advanced-level, content-focused training for teachers of AP and Pre-AP math, science and English courses

  • More time on task for students, including Saturday AP exam prep sessions

  • Measurement and accountability for results through professional management by Arkansas AIMS, Inc

AP 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-AP teachers to build a pipeline of students prepared for the rigors of AP, establish goals for academic performance, emphasize the importance of every student taking the AP 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.

A completed Request for Proposal is due for submission by Oct.15,2007. School visits will be scheduled in November, 2007 with schools notified of the outcome of the selection process in December , 2007.


This Request for Proposal includes:


  1. Applicant Signatures

  2. Applicant Information

  3. AP Teacher Section: Philosophy and Experience (to be completed by AP Teachers)

  4. School and District Section: Focus and Dedication (to be completed by the Principal, AP Coordinator, or Curriculum Coordinator)

  5. Statement of Interest (to be completed by any designated party)

  6. Submission information



  1. Applicant Signatures – Add additional signature lines as needed.

_________________________is pleased to submit this request to Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc. to be selected for the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program. We understand the level of dedication necessary to implement this program. We will approach this exciting opportunity with the goal of building our AP math, science, and English programs by increasing the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on the College Board AP exams.


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Superintendent signature Date __________




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Principal signature

Date

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AP Coordinator signature

Date

_______________________________________ __________

AP English teacher signature

Date

_______________________________________ __________

AP Mathematics teacher signature

Date

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AP Science teacher signature

Date


  1. Applicant Information

School Name & Address


[School name]

[Mailing address]

[City, State Zip code]





Name

Telephone

Email

Principal










AP Coordinator










English AP Teacher










Mathematics AP Teacher










Science AP Teacher










School enrollment ________9th ________10th __________11th _________12th


Percent of senior class who attend college _____________%
Average SAT score (Math + Verbal) _____________

Number of students participating in SAT __________11th _________12th


Average ACT score (Math + Verbal) _____________

Number of students participating in ACT __________11th _________12th


Average PSAT score (Math + Verbal) _____________

Number of students participating in PSAT __________10th _________11th


AP DATA
Enter the AP Course Title and number of students enrolled into the table below:


AP Course Title

Number of Students Enrolled

2004

2005

2006

2007








































































































































Enter the AP Course Title and number of students taking an AP Exam in that course into the table below:


AP Course Title

Number of Taking the AP Exam

2004

2005

2006

2007








































































































































Enter the AP Course Title and number of students earning a 3 or greater on an AP Exam in that course into the table below:




AP Course Title

Number of Students earning a score of 3 or greater on AP Exam

2004

2005

2006

2007










































































































































Pre-AP Data
Enter the Pre-AP Course Title and number of students enrolled into the table below:


Pre-AP Course Title

Number of Students Enrolled 2007














































































Enter the Feeder Middle Schools with Contact Information into the table below:




Middle School Campus

Mailing Address

City, State, Zip

Enrollment




















































































Attach a short biography of all of the AP math, AP science, and AP English teachers listing:



  • AP and Pre-AP Courses they teach

  • The last two College Board trainings they have completed

  • Any other involvement with the College Board

  1. AP Teacher Section: Philosophy and Experience (to be completed by a committee of AP Teachers)




  1. Briefly summarize your philosophy regarding the Advanced Placement Program.


  1. Why is the AP program valuable?




  1. What kind of support should the school administration give to the AP program?



  1. Describe how you will you provide additional time outside of the regular school day
    so students receive extra time on task.




  1. Describe existing barriers at the school that hinder the growth of the current
    AP program.



  1. Describe the potential opportunities for expansion of the AP program at the school. Your response should address the number of students that should be enrolled in the
    AP course you teach as well as the number of students having the potential to score
    3 or higher on the corresponding AP Exam.




  1. School and District Section: Focus and Dedication (to be completed by the Principal, AP Coordinator, or Curriculum Coordinator)




  1. How will this program enrich the school?




  1. Describe the qualities or characteristics of the student body, faculty and administration that make your school uniquely deserving of this program.




  1. Describe existing barriers at the school that hinder the growth of the current
    AP program.




  1. Describe the potential opportunities for expansion of the AP program at the school.



  1. How will the school principal help build the AP program? Your response should be as specific and actionable as possible.



  1. What percent of your graduating class do you feel has the potential to have taken at least one AP class prior to graduating high school? What percent of your graduating class do you feel has the potential to score a 3 or greater on at least one AP Exam prior to graduating high school?



  1. Describe the role of the AP Coordinator at the school.



  1. Statement of Interest

Please provide a brief (not to exceed one page) statement of the school’s interest in being selected for this grant. It may be written by anyone of your choosing, i.e. student, teacher, parent, community member, or administrator.




  1. Submission Information

Submit the completed Request for Proposal to the following parties by Oct.15,2007. Proposal may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to:


Tommie Sue Anthony

Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

SUA 101


2801 S. University

Little Rock, AR 72204



tsanthony@ualr.edu

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