Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Connecticut


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 Yes. Each local and regional board of education must provide an advanced placement course program.
State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success No
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for accountability. One of the indicators for high school accountability is the percentage of students in grades 11 and 12 achieving a college- and career-readiness benchmark on any of the following: 
  • ≥ 3 on AP exam
  • ≥ 4 on IB exam 
  • Smarter Balanced – Level 3 or higher on both ELA and math
  • SAT – composite score of ≥ 1550
  • ACT – meeting benchmark on 3 of 4 exams.
State programs and funding for teacher training Yes. Statute directs the State Board of Education to develop guidelines to aid local and regional boards of education in training teachers for teaching AP courses to a diverse student body.
State subsidies for testing fees Yes. Students who qualify for a fee reduction will pay $0 in spring 2016 after state, federal, and College Board grants are applied.
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 No
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores No
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
Unique characteristics Legislation requires the Department of Education to biennally report to the General Assembly's  joint standing committee on education on on the number of school governance councils. By December 2017, and biennally thereafter, the report must include an evaluation of those schools that have reconstituted. The report must determine whether such schools have demonstrated progress with regard to 10 indicators, including, for high schools, the number and percentage of students completing AP coursework.

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