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Research study (with gift cards) for AP Computer Science Principles teachers!

The American Institutes for Research is looking for about 200 AP Computer Science Principles teachers to participate in a research study. Selected teachers can receive up to $350 over the next few years.

Who is eligible?
Any teacher who is planning to teach AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) during the 2020-21 school year in a typical* public high school setting is invited to apply. Click here to apply.

What is the study about?
The study is an evaluation of a federally funded program to enhance student access to and success in AP Computer Science Principles. Teachers who will be receiving the program have already been selected, but we also need a group of comparison teachers.

What would I be doing for the study?
If selected, you will complete a 45-minute online survey about your AP CSP teaching. About half of the teachers who complete the summer 2020 survey will be selected to continue participating in the study over the next three years, completing a similar survey each year.

When would I take the survey?
We will send selected teachers a link to the survey this July. Future years’ surveys will be administered in the spring.

What would I get for participating?
Teachers who complete this summer’s survey will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Completion of the survey will also give teachers the opportunity to reflect on their AP CSP instruction. Teachers who are selected for future years’ surveys will receive a $100 gift card for each future survey completed, up to a total of $300 across the three years, in addition to the $50 this year.

How do I sign up?
If you are interested in participating, please fill out this short form to provide some basic information. Note that this form is NOT the survey itself. If you are selected to receive the survey, we will let you know within the next few days.

Why is the study important?
Study participants will be providing valuable information that, when synthesized with information from other sources, will help determine how effective the program is.

Please contact if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration!

*“Typical” inasmuch as possible, given COVID-19 disruptions and the possibility that at least some degree of distance learning may continue in the 2020-21 school year.