Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - California


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 jzinth@ecs.org 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 Yes, for accountability and reporting. Accountability: Each district is required to adopt a local control and accountability plan that includes, for the district and for each school in the district, a description of the annual goals, for all pupils and each subgroup of pupils, to be achieved for each of the state priorities enumerated in statute, including among others, the percentage of students who have earned a ≥ 3 on an AP exam.

Reporting: School accountability report cards must include the number of AP courses offered, by subject.
State programs and funding for teacher training Yes. Statute requests the Regents of the University of California to develop the High School Mathematics Professional Development Institutes jointly with the Trustees of California State University and the independent colleges and universities. The institutes must provide research-based instruction in the teaching of mathematics, and that includes instruction that will enhance the ability of teachers to prepare students for AP and college coursework.
State subsidies for testing fees No. However, statute provides that a district may help pay for all or part of the costs of one or more AP exams that are charged to economically disadvantaged students. Students who qualify for a fee reduction will pay $5 per exam in spring 2016 after federal, College Board, and local grants are applied.
State scholarship criteria include AP scores No
Collaboration on AP between K-12 and higher education systems Yes. Statute requests the Regents of the University of California to develop the High School Mathematics Professional Development Institutes jointly with the Trustees of California State University and the independent colleges and universities. The institutes must provide research-based instruction in the teaching of mathematics, and that includes instruction that will enhance the ability of teachers to prepare students for AP and college coursework.
State support for encouraging access to AP Yes. The superintendent of public instruction must annually update the AP information available on the department of education website to include current information on the various means available to school districts to offer or access AP courses, including online courses. The superintendent must annually inform high schools that offer AP courses in fewer than five subjects of the various options for making AP and other rigorous courses available to students.

In addition, at the beginning of the regular school term, district boards must notify parents of minor students of specific parental rights or responsibilities, including advising the parent of the availability of state funds to cover AP exam fees.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores Yes. The University of California and California State University systems both award postsecondary credit for AP exam scores of ≥ 3.

In addition, a spring 2016 resolution of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourages local senates and curriculum committees to work with discipline faculty to regularly review processes and practices for awarding credit for AP scores, to ensure that students receive all proper credit and are not required to duplicate coursework. Regulation directs the governing board of each community college district to adopt and publish policies and procedures pertaining to credit by exam, and authorizes the governing board of a community college district to adopt policies to grant credit for satisfactory completion of AP exams. 

The faculty in the appropriate discipline must approve AP exams, scores deemed to constitute satisfactory performance, courses offered by the college for which credit will be granted, and requirements that may be met by such examinations in accordance with policies and procedures approved by the curriculum committee.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
Unique characteristics  In determining the appropriate educational placement of foster youth students, local educational agencies, county welfare agencies, and county probation departments must consult with an educational rights holder, caregiver, social worker, teacher, counselor, court-appointed special advocate, other stakeholders, and the student, as appropriate. The purpose of the consultation is to ensure all educational programmatic options are considered, including Advanced Placement options.

A test agency must immediately initiate an investigation upon learning of a complaint or a notice of inadequate or improper test conditions relating to an administration of an AP test. To expedite the investigation and ensure a timely resolution, the school in charge of the test site must cooperate with the test agency's investigation by providing information requested by the test agency within 5 business days. If, upon completing the investigation, the test agency determines that the inadequate or improper test conditions will prevent it from reporting valid test scores, the test agency must notify the school in charge of the test site of the decision within 2 business days. Upon notification from the test agency that the inadequate or improper test conditions will prevent it from reporting valid test scores, the school in charge of the test site must notify the affected test subjects of the decision within 2 business days. The school in charge of the test site must provide all affected test subjects with at least 5 business days' prior notice of an opportunity to retest. That retest must be administered within 30 calendar days of the completion of the investigation.

AP exam proctors must create a seating chart, including the seat location of each test subject, for each AP test administered at the test site. The test agency must provide seating chart templates for use by each test site. The school in charge of the test site must retain and preserve each such seating chart for at least one year after the administration of the AP test to which that seating chart applies. The school in charge of the test site must submit these seating charts to the test agency upon its request to assist with its investigation of a complaint or notice of inadequate or improper test conditions.

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