Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Iowa


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. Districts must make AP courses available to their resident students through direct instruction on-site, collaboration with another school district, or via the online Iowa AP Academy.
State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success No
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting No
State programs and funding for teacher training Yes. One of the functions of the Iowa online Advanced Placement academy science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative is to provide AP teacher training opportunities.

In addition, an AP summer program is established at the University of Iowa for training AP instructors. The University of Iowa is responsible for the development of appropriate curricula, course offerings, provision of qualified instructors, and the selection of program participants. If funds are appropriated for the program, those funds must be used to pay for the cost of providing instructors, counselors, room and board for teachers attending the program, materials. If appropriated funds are insufficient to meet program participation demands, the university must give priority to the needs of teachers from schools that do not have AP programs.

Districts must ensure that AP course teachers are appropriately licensed by the board of educational examiners and meet the College Board's minimum certification requirements.
State subsidies for testing fees No. While statute provides for a fee remittance for AP exams, funds have not been appropriated for this purpose. 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. Senior Year Plus is an umbrella program created in 2008 that includes AP classes, including on-site, consortium, and online opportunities and courses delivered via the Iowa communications network.

The Iowa Online AP Academy offers AP courses. In addition, the Iowa online Advanced Placement academy science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative is established within the International Center for Talented and Gifted Education at the University of Iowa to deliver, with an emphasis on STEM coursework, pre-AP and AP courses to high school students statewide, and provide preparation for middle school students to ensure success in high school.

Further, districts must provide descriptions of the AP courses available to students using a course registration handbook. Districts must establish prerequisite coursework for each AP course offered and describe the prerequisites in the course registration handbook, which must be provided to every junior high school or middle school student prior to the development of a core curriculum plan.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores No
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
Unique characteristics The Iowa online Advanced Placement academy science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative is established within the International Center for Talented and Gifted Education at the University of Iowa to deliver, with an emphasis on STEM coursework, pre-AP and AP courses to high school students throughout the state, provide training opportunities for teachers to learn how to teach AP courses in Iowa's high schools, and provide preparation for middle school students to ensure success in high school.

A school district and accredited nonpublic school must ensure that any student enrolled interested in taking an AP exam is properly registered for the exam. An accredited nonpublic school must provide a list of students registered for AP exams to the district in which the accredited nonpublic school is located. The district and the accredited nonpublic school must also ensure that any student enrolled in the district or nonpublic school who is interested in taking an AP exam and qualifies for a reduced exam fee is properly registered for the fee reduction. The school district must provide the College Board with a list of all students enrolled in the district and the accredited nonpublic schools located in the district who are properly registered for AP exams.

Districts must make AP coursework available to a dually enrolled student under competent private instruction if the student meets the same criteria as a regularly enrolled student of the district, and to a student enrolled in an accredited nonpublic school in the district if the student meets specified criteria.

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