Truman Advanced Placement*
The College Board Advanced Placement Program*
The Advanced Placement Program (AP*) is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools, colleges, and universities. The program provides high school students with the opportunity to undertake college-level academic learning in AP courses, and gives them the forum to demonstrate that they have mastered the advanced material by taking AP Exams. Students can receive credit, Advanced Placement, or both from thousands of colleges and universities that participate in the Advanced Placement Program.
The Advanced Placement Program in Missouri
Since the fall of 1996, two AP sites have existed in the state of Missouri to promote AP and to facilitate AP teacher training. These sites are located at Truman State University and Southeast Missouri State University. Missouri’s AP Teacher Development Institutes are designed to prepare teachers to teach college-level AP courses in a variety of disciplines. The institutes enable teachers to understand the AP curriculum and to develop strategies, syllabi, resources and materials for use in their AP courses.
Advanced Placement Goals
The primary goals of the two sites are:
- to promote and disseminate information on the AP program
- to advertise and present at major disciplinary conferences
- to promote increased cooperation between universities and high schools
- to provide in-service training for high school teachers
- to provide workshops, teacher development institutes, and/or conferences
- to develop and train a cadre of experienced AP instructors
- to investigate alternative means of offering institutes or additional teacher training
- to increase the number of students who take and pass AP exams
- to establish a state-wide network of experienced AP teachers and administrators from representative organizations in higher and secondary education