Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Arizona

This information was collected from statutes, state board regulations and state education agency Web sites and was fully updated in 2016. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303.299.3689 or with questions regarding state policies on this issue.

Advanced Placement 2016
All high schools/districts required to offer AP No
State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success No
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting No
State programs and funding for teacher training No
State subsidies for testing fees Based on the amount of federal funding available, it is estimated that the cost per AP exam for low-income students, for exams taken during the 2015-2016 academic year, will be $15 - pending an award from the U.S. Department of Education for the AP Test Fee Waiver Program.
State scholarship criteria include AP scores Yes. The Arizona Board of Regent’s High Honors Tuition Scholarship is a 25% in-state university base tuition scholarship valid at state universities. Eligible students must meet three sets of criteria:
  • Complete all 16 Core Competency Courses by graduation with a B or better in each unit of credit awarded OR receive an acceptable score on the AP exam or a 4 on the IB exam for that subject area.
  • Unweighted GPA of 3.50 in all 16 core competency courses, or equivalent on 5.0 scale for districts weighting AP/IB/honors courses OR top 5% in high school graduating class
  • Minimum 28 composite score on ACT OR 1300 on the SAT1 test (critical reading & math only – excluding writing and essay).
Collaboration on AP between K-12 and higher education systems No
State support for encouraging access to AP No
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores Yes. The state board is required, in consultation with the community college districts, to develop and implement common equivalencies for specific levels of achievement on AP exams, in order to award commensurate postsecondary academic credits at community colleges and public universities in the state.

In practice, while most Arizona 2- and 4-year institutions award credit for AP exam scores, not all exams are recognized for credit (or for non-elective credit) at all institutions.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
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