USD to host summer AP Institute in history

USD to host summer AP Institute in history The South Dakota Board of Regents will host an Advanced Placement Institute in United States history at The University of South Dakota from July 25-30.

The institute will be offered to teachers who want to prepare high school students for the Advanced Placement examination in U.S. history. The institute will be under the direction of Professor Robert Hilderbrand and Assistant Professor Kurt Hackemer of the department of history at USD.

The Regents are hosting the institute at USD and five others this summer in response to requests from high school representatives who asked for assistance in preparing teachers to offer the Advanced Placement courses. The universities are supporting the institutes in part with resources from the Reinvestments Through Efficiencies plan.

"These institutes will increase communication between the university faculty and high school teachers. It is a win-win situation with students benefiting by earning college credit," said Regents Executive Director Robert T. Tad Perry.

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is administered by the College Board. It offers high school students an opportunity to study courses that are equivalent to first-year college 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 AP scores.

Minimum passing test scores are accepted by thousands of colleges and universities that participate in the program. All six South Dakota public universities accept AP credit.

The College Board does not require that high school teachers, who teach the AP courses, have any special training, but it does encourage attendance at workshops and courses. Teachers learn project content, teaching methods and information about the AP exam.

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