State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says North Dakota high school students have new opportunities to take advanced classes in math, science and English this fall.
Baesler says it’s a chance for students to earn college credit in high school. They can graduate from college earlier and save big money in tuition costs.
Thirteen rural high schools across North Dakota are offering the program. It is called Blended College Readiness. It offers Advanced Placement classes in math, science and English.
The Advanced Placement classes are taught remotely. Students see the teacher on a computer screen. Baesler says even though the teacher isn’t in the classroom, he or she takes an active role in helping students.
Baesler says the program is free to schools. All of the students may take at least one Advanced Placement test at no charge.
The program is a project of the Department of Public Instruction and the National Math and Science Initiative. The National Math and Science Initiative is a nonprofit that is supported by XTO Energy and other private companies.
Baesler announced the program today at a news conference at Nedrose High School, east of Minot. Nedrose is one of the 13 high schools taking part in Blended College Readiness this year.