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Recognizing that sufficient numbers of quality teachers would never result from current education practices, Lowell launched TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement in 1999 as a comprehensive research-based strategy to attract, develop, motivate and retain high-quality teachers for America's schools. By creating an environment with powerful and sustained opportunities for career advancement, professional growth, teacher accountability, and competitive compensation, TAP™ has expanded dramatically to diverse urban, rural and suburban districts across the country.
Based on TAP's rapid growth, strong results and high demand, Lowell Milken launched the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) in 2005 as an independent public charity to support and manage the TAP system nationally and to foster powerful teacher quality initiatives through the NIET Best Practices Center. Together, the Best Practices Center and TAP are improving the educational experience for more than 200,000 educators and 2.5 million students.