Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP)

Published: 11/26/2018 4:08 PM

The Advanced Placement (AP*) Program is governed by the College Board. There are over 30 college-level courses available, most of which are offered in our local Kentucky high schools. Students take an end-of-course exam and, based on their numerical score, may be awarded college credit for the course.

*Advanced Placement, AP and Pre-AP are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board

KDE to Cover 2018-2019 AP Exams Fees for Students Eligible for F/R Meals!

Commissioner Lewis participated in a webcast to superintendents on May 3, 2018.  On this webcast, it was announced that for the 2018-2019 school year,​ KDE has been able to set aside funds to pay for AP exams taken by students who qualify for F/R meals.  In other words, the remaining balance of $53 will not be paid by the student, school or district. This amount will be paid by KDE in the hope that schools will continue to provide Kentucky's low-income students with the opportunity to take rigorous AP courses that prepare them to excel in their future college and career choices.​

Here is a breakdown of the 2018-2019 AP Exam fee schedule for students who are eligible for free/reduced-priced meals:

This graphic shows the breakdown of the fee structure for exams for low-income students

The picture shows that the original AP exam fee is $94. College Board will reduce the fee for students who are eligible for free/reduced-priced meals by $32. There will be a school exam rebate fee of $9 that is waived for free/reduced eligible students. As a result, KDE will pay a total of $53 for each AP exam taken by a student eligible for free/reduced lunch leaving no cost to schools or districts.


PowerPoint Slides- Ordering Low-Income AP Exams- March 29, 2018 3:00 pm


AP Professional Development Opportunities

Research shows that professional development for teachers increases performance in Advanced Placement courses.



AdvanceKentucky's mission is to work with local, state and national partners to dramatically expand access to and participation and success in rigorous college-level work in high school, particularly among student populations traditionally underrepresented in these courses.


Regulation 702 KAR 3:220 KDE's interpretation of Regulation 702 KAR 3:220 is that the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam fees fall within the fee categories described in this regulation. As such, these fees are to be waived by the district for students who are eligible for free OR reduced price lunch. Therefore, districts should not be collecting any amount of the fee from these students and instead paying the amount, after the federal grant funds are applied, from general funds just like they do for other fees required to be waived for these students by this regulation.

KRS 160.348 (3) While this statute requires costs of the AP examinations to be “… paid by” the KDE, the General Assembly has not provided an appropriation to provide the funding for this statute.

Senate Bill 1 states that school report cards will report the Advanced Placement courses offered, the number of students enrolled, completing and taking the examination for each course, and the percentage of examniees receiving a score of three (3) or better.

​Damien Sweeney
Office of Teaching and Learning
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 892-6639
Fax (502) 564-6470

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