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Nov 27, 2011 10:47 AM by Matt Stafford

Colo. school incentive program awaits more funds

DENVER (AP) - A pilot program to improve college readiness among Colorado teens produced more high scores on students' Advanced Placement tests - and paid $69,500 to teachers as a reward.

Now the National Math and Science Initiative is trying to expand the program to more Colorado schools.

The program, which originated in Dallas, aims to expand access to tough AP classes to underrepresented students and help them pass AP tests by using teacher training, open enrollment in AP classes, and $100 for teachers and students for each passing score.

The Colorado Legacy Foundation wasn't able to fully implement the program when Colorado lost out on federal Race to the Top funds, but seven Colorado schools that tried the program in 2010-2011 did boost enrollment in AP classes and numbers of high scores.

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