Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Colorado


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 Yes. The Advanced Placement Incentives Pilot Program established in 2014 is intended to expand access to AP classes in rural schools and enhance the participation in AP programs by students participating in the school lunch program. 

Regardless of the outcome of the AP exams taken, for each student who completes an AP class and who subsequently takes the AP exam, the department must distribute to the rural school $500 to be used for various purposes, including among others:
  • Implementing a school-wide AP program, including enhancing online access for rural schools with limited access
  • Providing an AP teacher or mentor a bonus of $50 for each student who completes the teacher's or mentor's AP class and takes the AP exam; except that teacher or mentor may not receive more than $2,000 per year in such bonuses.
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for reporting. School performance reports must include information on the availability of AP, IB and honors courses.
State programs and funding for teacher training Yes. The Advanced Placement Incentives Pilot Program established in 2014 is intended to expand access to AP classes in rural schools and enhance the participation in AP programs by students participating in the school lunch program. Regardless of the outcome of the AP exams taken, for each student who completes an AP class and who subsequently takes the AP exam, the department must distribute to the rural school $500 to be used for various purposes, including providing professional development to assist teachers in learning instructional strategies for teaching AP classes and bolstering AP content knowledge

Program funds may also be used to provide professional development for administrators concerning the content required in non-AP classes to help students prepare for future success in AP classes.
State subsidies for testing fees Yes. The Advanced Placement Incentives Pilot Program established in 2014 is intended to expand access to AP classes in rural schools and enhance the participation in AP programs by students participating in the school lunch program. The program is annually limited to the first 475 students from rural schools.

Regardless of the outcome of the AP exams taken, for each student who completes an AP class and who subsequently takes the AP exam, the department must distribute to the rural school $500 to be used for various purposes, including paying the AP exam fee for each student who takes the AP exam and participates in the school lunch program, unless the exam fee is covered by a federal grant program.

In addition, while not state funded, ESCAPE (Eliminating Student Cost for Advanced Placement Exams), funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides the Colorado Department of Education with funds to pay the AP exam fees of low-income students in applicant school districts.
State scholarship criteria include AP scores No
Collaboration on AP between K-12 and higher education systems No
State support for encouraging access to AP Yes. The Advanced Placement Incentives Pilot Program established in 2014 is intended to expand access to AP classes in rural schools and enhance the participation in AP programs by students participating in the school lunch program. Only rural schools may participate in the pilot program, which is annually limited to the first 475 students from rural schools.

Eligible rural schools must:
  • Require all 10th graders to take a precollegiate entrance exam to help identify students with the potential to pass an AP exam
  • Have an AP program with at least one AP class in the area of math, social studies, science, or English. A rural school or rural school district may offer an AP class or program online. If a class is offered online, the school or district must designate an on-site mentor for student support. The mentor is eligible for the teacher incentives provided for below.
Regardless of the outcome of the AP exams taken, for each student who completes an AP class and who subsequently takes the AP exam, the department must distribute to the rural school $500 to be used for:
  • Implementing a school-wide AP program, including enhancing online access for rural schools with limited access
  • Providing professional development to assist teachers in learning instructional strategies for teaching AP classes and bolstering AP content knowledge
  • Providing professional development for administrators concerning the content required in non-AP classes to help students prepare for future success in AP classes
  • Paying the AP exam fee for each student who takes the AP exam and participates in the school lunch program, unless the exam fee is covered by a federal grant program
  • Providing an AP teacher or mentor a bonus of $50 for each student who completes the teacher's or mentor's AP class and takes the AP exam; except that teacher or mentor may not receive more than $2,000 per year in such bonuses.
The pilot is repealed July 1, 2018.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores Yes. The Colorado Commission on Higher Education has established AP exam cut scores that fulfill GT Pathways General Education Credit requirements (effective for new students starting class on or after July 1, 2016).
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
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