Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Georgia


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. The College and Career Ready Performance Index for High Schools includes indicators students may meet by AP participation and performance:
  • Percent of graduates completing a CTAE pathway, or an advanced academic pathway, or an IB Career Related Programme, or a fine arts pathway, or a world language pathway within their program of study
  • Percent of graduates entering TCSG/USG not requiring remediation or learning support courses; or scoring program ready on the Compass; or scoring at least 22 out of 36 on the composite ACT; or scoring at least 1550 out of 2400 on the combined SAT; or scoring 3 or higher on two or more AP exams; or scoring 4 or higher on two or more IB exams
  • Percent of graduates earning high school credit(s) for accelerated enrollment via ACCEL, Dual HOPE Grant, Move On When Ready, Early College, Gateway to College, AP or IB courses.
In addition, since 2008 the Georgia Department of Education has recognized AP Honor Schools. AP Honor Schools are recognized in six categories, based on AP performance during the prior school year:
  • AP Challenge Schools are schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies)
  • AP Access and Support Schools are schools with at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic, and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher
  • AP Merit Schools are schools with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher
  • AP STEM Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science)
  • AP STEM Achievement Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher
  • AP Humanities Schools are schools with students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course. 
In addition, pending ratification of an amendment to the constitution at the November 2016 general election, a local school system that has requested flexibility may operate on a waiver from state accountability requirements and enter into a performance contract with the state board. The accountability component of the contract must include at least one of the following student achievement measures, including both total scores and any needed targeted subgroups:
  • High school graduation rates
  • SAT or ACT performance
  • State standardized test data, which may include end-of-grade assessments, end-of-course assessments, or a combination thereof
  • AP or IB participation and performance.
State programs and funding for teacher training Yes. The Georgia Department of Education hosted 7 AP Regional Workshops in fall 2015.  These workshops are specific to course and there was no registration fee. 
State subsidies for testing fees Yes. The state pays for one AP exam (at the College Board reduced fee rate of $53.00) for all qualifying low-income students. 
State scholarship criteria include AP scores Not for AP exam scores. However, to be eligible to receive a HOPE scholarship, a student must receive credit in at least 3 courses prior to graduating from high school from any of 6 categories of advanced coursework, including AP courses in core subjects. Effective for students in the Class of 2017, this requirement increases to credit in at least 4 advanced courses, including AP courses in core subjects.
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. All University System of Georgia institutions award credit for minimum AP exam scores. All Technical College System of Georgia institutions award credit to students who have taken appropriate courses in high school and achieved AP exam scores of ≥ 3.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
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