July 11, 2008 By News Report
Next school year, students taking the Advanced Placement (AP) courses at Millard Public School District, a suburban district located outside of Omaha, Nebraska, will have access to online tutoring from Smarthinking live tutors.
The Millard PSD-Smarthinking partnership offers a unique approach to helping high school students pass their AP exams and earn college credit. The tutoring partnership will help Millard offer more support to AP students, increase AP course enrollments, and allowing more students to get a jump-start on college credits. Smarthinking will offer live tutoring assistance in almost all of the AP courses offered at Millard South High School. Last year, more than 267 juniors and seniors in the district enrolled in AP courses, with more students expected to enroll in AP courses in 2008-2009.
"Our mission is to give every student the very best educational foundation to prepare them for the next phase in their lives -- be it college or the workforce. We believe the experts at Smarthinking will help students excel to greater academic heights and boost our overall passing rates on AP Exams," said Superintendent Keith Lutz.
"With our ongoing success in higher education, we are proud to expand to help students prior to their arrival at college," said Smarthinking CEO Burck Smith. "Research demonstrates that access to live, online tutoring boosts student achievement. Our team is committed to providing Millard students additional academic support increasing their opportunity to excel in AP courses."
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.