|Advanced Placement 2016|
|All high schools/districts required to offer AP||No|
|State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success||Yes. Regulation provides for AP grant funds to serve students and staff in schools where at least 40% of the students are classified as “low-income”. Funds may be used to purchase materials related to AP courses, among other purposes.|
In addition, statute directs the state board to:
|AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting||Yes, for reporting. School and district accountability report cards must include AP courses.|
|State programs and funding for teacher training||Yes. Subject to appropriation, an AP teacher must obtain appropriate training. Subject to appropriation, the state board must establish clear, specific, and challenging training guidelines that require AP teachers to obtain recognized College Board-endorsed AP training.|
AP and pre-AP teacher training must do all of the following:
Grant proposals must be evaluated with up to 45 points awarded for "Quality and Scope of the Plan", including:
|State subsidies for testing fees||Yes. Subject to appropriation, the state board of education must create, under the College and Career Success for All Students program, a program in public schools where at least 40% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches whereby fees charged by the College Board for AP exams are waived by the school, but paid for by the state, for those students who do not qualify for a fee waiver provided by federal funds or the College Board.|
Students who qualify for a fee reduction will pay $15 in spring 2016 after 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||Yes. The state board must encourage districts to offer rigorous courses in grades 6-11 that prepare students for the demands of AP coursework. The state board must also encourage districts to make it a goal that all 10th graders take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholars Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) so that test results will provide each high school with a database of student assessment data that guidance counselors and teachers will be able to use to identify students who are prepared or who need additional work to be prepared to enroll and be successful in AP courses, using a research-based AP identification program provided by the College Board.|
In addition, the state board must:
Regulation provides for AP grant funds to be expended only to serve students and staff in schools where at least 40% of the students are classified as “low-income”. Allowable activities include, in grades 6-11, initiatives and coursework designed to prepare students for enrollment and success in AP courses (“preparatory programs”). Some portion of the funding provided for each proposed program must be devoted to strategies and activities specifically designed to increase the participation of low-income students in AP courses or to promote participation by low-income students in preparatory programs, such as:
1) Quality and Scope of the Plan (45 points)
A) The proposal demonstrates that the training to be funded and the staff members to be involved will permit the district to offer AP courses or preparatory programs that are not currently available, or that greater numbers of students will have access to AP courses or preparatory programs, as applicable.
B) The proposal includes plans for support for and collaboration among staff members and administrators that will result in the sequential alignment of rigorous course offerings across grade levels, culminating in AP studies.
C) The proposal demonstrates that the activities and materials to be supported with grant funds will enhance students' preparedness for AP courses and strengthen their ability to participate successfully.
2) Student Recruitment and Support (25 points)
A) The proposal provides evidence that the intended outreach and recruitment strategies respond to the needs of low-income students in the communities to be served.
B) The proposal presents a combination of supportive elements that will strengthen low-income students' preparation for AP coursework, assist them in successful completion of the courses chosen, and enhance their likelihood of success on the culminating exams.
3) Need (15 points)
A) The proposal describes the status of the applicant's instructional programs and demonstrates that students' access to rigorous academic coursework is limited by the scarcity of appropriately trained instructional staff or other necessary resources and materials.
B) The proposal demonstrates that other sources of funding are limited to such an extent that the applicant is unable to conduct or expand the program as proposed without grant funding.
4) Cost-Effectiveness and Sustainability (15 points)
A) The scope of the proposed activities is reasonable in light of the amount of funding to be provided, and the project will be cost-effective considering the number and types of courses to be supported and the number of students to be served.
B) The proposal gives evidence of the district's commitment to continuing efforts to foster greater participation in AP coursework by low-income students and to support them in achieving greater success and achievement in that coursework.
|State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores||Yes. Effective with the 2016-2017 academic year, scores of ≥ 3 on AP exams must be accepted for credit to satisfy degree requirements by all public institutions of higher education. Each institution of higher education must determine for each test whether credit will be granted for electives, general education requirements, or major requirements and the AP scores required to grant credit for those purposes.|
By the conclusion of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Board of Higher Education, in cooperation with the Illinois Community College Board, must analyze each institution's AP exam score course granting policy and the research used by each institution in determining the level of credit and the number of credits provided for AP scores and file a report to the general assembly and the governor that includes findings and recommendations. Each institution of higher education must provide the Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board with all necessary data, in accordance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, to conduct the analysis.
Each institution of higher education must publish its updated AP exam score course granting policy on its website before the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year.
|Student must take AP exam to receive course credit||No|