In 2014-15, The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) partnered with Garland ISD with a $1.5 million grant from the Texas Instruments Foundation. NMIS provided tutoring, curriculum, and teacher training with corporate sponsors, like Texas Instruments Foundation, and give every student who passes an AP test a check for $100. During the first year, students at Lakeview, Naaman, North Garland, and South Garland high schools recorded a 67-percent increase in the number of AP exams taken and a 51-percent increase in the number of students earning a “3” or higher on those exams.
For three years now, Garland ISD has been holding pep rallies that celebrate the advanced placement students who passed their most recent exams. These pep rallies bring attention to the fact that academics are very important, so in order to understand that academics are the way you make money in the future, they are provided with a little bit of it now.
GISD also began paying AP exam fees for students in 2015-16 and measured a 180-percent increase in the number of students signing up for the exams and a 221-percent increase in the number of exams taken. This academic year, Lakeview, Naaman, North Garland, and South Garland highs will award more than $50,000 to students with passing scores. Using a little cash as incentive for students to excel in AP courses can provide some long-term benefits for these students.