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Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB)  (7/31/14)

 AP & IB News



  • FY 2013 AP Exam Fee and IB Payment Changes

    The Department expects to award approximately $28,727,000 in new grants under this program. Based on the anticipated number of applications and other available information, the Department expects this amount to be sufficient to pay all but $10 of the cost of each advanced placement exam taken by low-income students.

    Accordingly, SEAs may use AP Test Fee program funds to cover a portion of the cost of each approved advanced placement exam taken by low-income students as follows:

  • (a) up to $45 for each Advanced Placement test administered by the College Board;
  • (b) up to $94 for each Diploma Programme test administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
  • For FY 2013, AP Test Fee program funds may not be used to pay advanced placement test candidate registration fees on behalf of low-income students. Therefore, the candidate registration fees charged by the International Baccalaureate Organization are not allowable costs under this program for FY 2013.


 College Board Sample Form

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 Illinois Advanced Placement Reports




Administrator and Teacher Resources

  • Webinar

  • Strategies and Resources for Developing or Expanding an Advanced Placement (AP) Program in Your District Webinar video format(November 9, 2010)
  • AP Central Professional Information

  • AP® Course Audit


    The AP® Course Audit was created at the request of both secondary school and college members of the College Board who sought a means for the College Board to:
    • Provide AP teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements that must be in place for AP courses.
    • Give colleges and universities confidence that AP courses are designed to meet the same clearly articulated college-level criteria across high schools.

    All schools wishing to label a course “AP” must submit the subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course.

    The AP Course Audit provides schools with clear guidelines on the course content and resources typical of college-level classes, and helps colleges and universities better interpret courses marked "AP" on students' transcripts.

    For more information on the AP Course Audit, please visit http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/ or email apaudit@collegeboard.org.


Parent and Student Resources

Advanced Placement courses are offered to enable students to get college credit while still attending high school. The availability of and access to Advanced Placement courses vary, but they are highly desirable and rigorous academic classes. Students who take even one Advanced Placement course have a 45% higher probability of finishing college than those who do not.

In 2012, the percentage of Illinois public high school students that scored three or higher on an AP Exam was 19.9, and was one of 17 states exceeding the national average of 19.5. Illinois' percentage increase of students scoring 3 or higher since 2002 was 8.2, an increase of 11.7 percent. More information about nationwide AP performance is available in the College Board 2012 AP Report to the Nation PDF Format.

For specific program information visit the following College Board web pages:


 Fee Reductions

The Illinois State Board of Education received a Federal grant award to assist high school students who are taking advanced placement college-level exams. High school students who meet the financial need requirements as stipulated for the identification of low-income individuals in the No Child Left Behind Act of 1994 will be eligible for reduced fees for both the College Board Advanced Placement Exams and the International Baccalaureate subject-area exams. More information can be accessed at: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/home (for AP professionals) and https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home (for AP students and parents).

 

Illinois Students who are eligible for free or reduced lunches at school qualify for fee reduction on all AP Exams they take that year.
If you have significant financial need, you may be eligible for a College Board fee reduction per AP Exam. In Illinois, the free or reduced lunch status is recommended to be used as the criteria, however, there are alternative criteria: if a student's family receives assistance under part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act, or if a student is eligible to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, or if the student is a member of a family whose taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150% of the poverty level as established by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Check with your AP Coordinator to learn more about eligibility requirements for College Board fee reductions, state and district subsidies, and other support that may be available.

Always refer to the College Board's AP Fee Reduction page for the most recent test fees, costs, and College Board fee reduction amounts.