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 2017-2018 AP Exams Fees for Students Eligible for F/R meals!
Commissioner Pruitt sent an
email to schools and districts on Friday, February 2, 2018 announcing that for
the 2017-18 school year only, 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.
Information related to AP exam fees for future years is not available at this time.
Here is a breakdown of the 2017-2018 AP Exam fee schedule for students who are eligible for free/reduced-priced meals:
Commissioner's letter announcing that KDE will cover AP exam fees for F/R meal-eligible students
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.
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