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 change 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.


Louisiana Schools have responded!

Louisiana led the nation in AP® participation growth during the 2013 Spring exam cycle with an increase of approximately 39%. 

#1 in the Nation!


2014 AP® Exam Fee Reimbursement Program

With funding from the USDOE Advanced Placement® (AP®) Exam Fee Program, the LDE will reimburse $55 for each AP Exam taken by students enrolled in both public and BESE-approved nonpublic* schools who meet the definition of low-income.

In addition, the LDE will also reimburse $89 for each AP Exam taken by students enrolled in a public school which is implementing or expanding an AP® program. The fee reimbursements are for students who were enrolled in a rigorous course preparing them for the AP® exam taken during the May 2014 testing cycle, and were between the ages of 5 and 19 on exam day. 

Funds are limited and will be available until they are completely allocated. 

APPLICATION – 2014 AP Exam Fee Reimbursement Packet

*Submission Deadline:  Friday, March 7, 2014


2014 AP® Summer Institute Fee Reimbursement Program

To expand access to Advanced Placement® courses, the state trained nearly 300 educators in 2012 and approximately 700 in 2013, to teach rigorous college-preparatory courses.

Training feedback from schools and districts has been overwhelmingly positive and was well covered by local media.

Teachers come to Pineville High School to learn new standards - KALB News Channel 5

Workshop aims to equip Louisiana teachers for Common Core - The Town Talk

The LDE is inviting teachers to participate in an exciting professional development opportunity for new and experienced AP® teachers. Teachers of AP® courses, who want to attend the 2014 AP Summer Institute, whether for the first time or as a refresher course, are invited to apply. 

APPLICATION – 2014 AP Summer Institute Fee Reimbursement Packet for Teachers

APPLICATION – 2014 AP Summer Institute Fee Reimbursement Packet for Administrators

*Submission Deadline:  Friday, March 7, 2014


Edna Karr High School recognized for College Prep Program

Congratulations to Edna Karr High School for earning the 2013 Gaston Caperton Inspiration Award, presented by the College Board, for providing rigorous academic offerings and innovative college-preparation programs.  Awardees were selected by a panel of higher education faculty from across the country.  Congratulations to Edna Karr High School faculty and staff for this monumental achievement.

For more information on Advanced Placement®, please contact Tristen Guillory, College Readiness Coordinator, at Tristen.guillory@la.gov or 225-342-3989.