The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the Maryland State Department of Education will receive $456,497 in an Advanced Placement Incentives Program grant to help low-income students have greater access to advanced placement courses and to succeed in those courses. The Education Department will award a total of $6.6 million for 2011, for 12 new Advanced Placement Incentives Program grants to states and local school districts. These competitive grants are awarded to promising programs, which will help increase student access to rigorous courses in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. All of the grants include at least one persistently lowest-achieving school.
"Research shows that students who take challenging classes are more likely to earn a college degree," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan. "This program will help give more low-income students the opportunity to take advanced courses and prepare them to succeed in college and careers."
Schools can use these grants for activities to support their Advanced Placement programs such as teacher training, course development, books and supplies, and development and participation in on-line AP courses.