Connecticut is teaming with a state business group to develop advanced math and science courses for high school students.
Connecticut Business and Industry Association and the state chose nine high schools that will tap into a four million grant to develop college-level science and math coursework.
State Education Commissioner Mark McQuillan says that students who normally don't have the opportunity to take advanced placement coursework, will now have the chance.
â€œThere's good evidence to show--for those students who have been encouraged to take AP courses-- that when they do so, they find out that they are more invested in school. Their grades improve and their chances of going into college increases manifold.â€
Schools were selected based on their demographics, staff expertise and site visits.
Putnam High School in rural Connecticut is one of the schools chosen. Principal William Barry says his school is more than doubling the amount of Advanced Placement coursework next year.
"Kids will have the opportunity to not only take AP but to take enough so that their mom and dad will only have to fund three years of college and that makes a big difference for kids that are living in an impoverished area."
Grant administrators hope that the schools-- over the next several years-- will quadruple the number of students that take and pass advanced placement tests.