For Immediate Release 10 May 1999Advanced Placement Institute in Chemistry at NSU this Summer
PIERRE- The South Dakota Board of Regents will host an Advanced Placement Institute in chemistry at Northern State University from July 12 to 16, 1999. The institute will be offered to high school teachers who want to prepare students for the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in chemistry. The chemistry institute will be under the direction of Dr. Mark Barnett, NSU Chemistry Department.
The Regents are hosting this institute and five others this summer in response to requests from leaders in elementary and secondary education who indicated the school districts wanted assistance in preparing teachers to offer College Board AP courses. "The Regents have a system wide goal of cooperation with the school districts in South Dakota so when the elementary and secondary education leaders asked for help the university presidents were pleased to develop the AP institutes. The institutes are supported in part with funds the universities redirected in their budgets as a result of the Reinvestments Through Efficiencies program," said Regents Executive Director Robert T. Tad Perry.
Administered by the College Board, the Advanced Placement Program offers high school students an opportunity to complete first-year college level courses. Following instruction in special AP courses, in honors classes, or in extra independent study, the students can take examinations that demonstrate they have obtained the knowledge and skills of comparable college courses. When those students later enroll in a college or university that accepts AP credit, they can present their scores. All six of South Dakotas public universities accept AP credit. "AP courses are a tremendous opportunity for high school students. The courses prepare students for college level work and can be used to reduce the cost of college by reducing the number of courses they need to complete a degree," said Perry.
Although the College Board does not require any special training for AP instruction it does encourage workshops and courses as one way to provide high school teachers with an opportunity to learn content, teaching approaches, and information about the Advanced Placement examination. The chemistry institute at NSU is one such course.
Announcements and application materials have been mailed to school board presidents, superintendents, and secondary principals. Any interested teacher should contact his or her school officials. More information about the AP chemistry institute can be obtained by contacting Mr. Dennis Scott, Director of Continuing Education at NSU at (605) 626-2486 or via Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other AP institutes will be held this summer: English Literature and Composition at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology from June 20 to 24; Physics at South Dakota State University from July 12 to 16; Calculus AB at South Dakota State University from July 19 to 23; Computer Science at the Center for Public Higher Education July 19 to 23; United States History at University of South Dakota from July 25 to 30. Superintendents and principals may obtain College Board materials on the AP program from Dr. Paul Gough at the Board of Regents at (605) 773-3455. The Regents AP policies are available on the Internet at the Boards web site www.ris.sdbor.edu.
High school teachers who enroll in the AP institutes have the option of earning two hours of graduate credit. Those who do not want to earn college credit will be charged only for materials. Those seeking credit will be required to complete specific course requirements and will be charged applicable tuition rates.
AP exams are offered nationally in May each year. The Advanced Placement program contains 32 courses in 18 subject areas. Participation in the program is on the rise throughout the nation and in South Dakota. Nationwide more than a half million high school students took AP examinations in 1998. The total number of South Dakota students who took the exams in 1998 was 1,086 compared to the 882 students in 1997.
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