Advanced Placement ®

Advanced Placement® courses offer students the opportunity to earn college credit by taking rigorous courses in high school. Students who demonstrate mastery of the material on a national standardized end-of-course exam – a score of 3 or higher out of 5 – may be eligible for college credit for the course. 

Research suggests that students who complete AP® coursework are:

  • Better prepared for college-level work
  • Stand-outs in the college admissions process
  • More likely to continue beyond their freshman year in college
  • More likely to graduate within 4-5 years
  • More competitive in qualifying for scholarships

With AP®, students can get a feel for the rigors of college level studies while they still have the support of a high school environment. When students take AP courses, they demonstrate to college admission officers that they have sought out an educational experience that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. 

Performing well on an AP Exam means more than just the successful completion of a course. Research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or higher typically earn higher GPAs in college and have higher graduation rates.

AP® Incentive:

  • AP aligns the Core Four Diploma course sequence with the TOPS core sequence.
  • AP ensures students going to four-year colleges have taken a true college prep curriculum and have every chance to receive TOPS.
  • AP Creates incentives for students to take more rigorous AP courses by giving courses approved by the state additional weight in the calculation of the TOPS GPA.
  • The new cohort graduation index recognizes a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP® exam as the highest level of achievement earned by a cohort graduate. Each student with at least one AP® score of 3 or higher will earn the maximum 150 points toward the graduation index. Students who take an AP® exam and earn a 1 or 2 on an AP® exam will receive 110 points toward the graduation index.

Spring 2017 AP Exam Fee Program Update

The Department will continue to provide an exam fee reimbursement for each 2017 AP exam taken by a public school student who qualifies for an AP exam fee reduction to ensure that all students have access to early college coursework. To be eligible for a low-income test fee reimbursement, school test coordinators need to ensure they code “option 1” on each qualifying student’s Advance Placement answer document.  The Department will reconcile all eligible exams as validated by the College Board and reimburse LEA’s in the fall of 2017 via an LEA allocation and grant award notification.

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