Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Louisiana

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 with questions regarding state policies on this issue.

Advanced Placement 2016
All high schools/districts required to offer AP Yes. Each high school must offer at least one AP course in each of 4 content areas, plus one additional AP course.
State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success Yes. One of the authorized uses of Louisiana Quality Education Support Funds is the purchase of textbooks for AP courses. Whenever purchases using fund dollars are for the use of a specific population within a school, such as AP students, the project must name the specific population and must illustrate the reasons for selecting the specific population to receive support fund monies.
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for accountability. The graduation index of a school is the average number of points earned by cohort members. A graduating member of a high school cohort who earns a high school diploma:
  • Earns a ≥ 3 on an AP exam earns 150 points
  • Passes an AP course, takes the AP exam, but does not score  ≥ 3, earns 110 points
in the calculation of the graduation index for his/her school. A 5-year graduate (any diploma type) and earn a ≥ 3 on an AP exam generate 140 points. To ensure the accuracy of data used to calculate the graduation index, the calculation lags one year behind the collection of the data (data for the Class of 2016 will be used for 2017 accountability calculations).

In addition, the department of education's standardized data collection and analysis system may, but is not required to regularly collect, the number of students in AP classes.
State programs and funding for teacher training Yes. The state department of education will provide up to $700 per teacher to attend a College Board authorized 2016 AP Summer Institute, with priority given to teachers of STEM and recently redesigned AP courses. For 2016, the department anticipates reimbursing approximately 180 teachers for attending an AP Summer Institute.
State subsidies for testing fees Yes. Students who qualify for a fee reduction will pay $0 in spring 2016 after $12 state [pending availability of funds] as well as federal and College Board grants are applied, for up to three AP exams per low-income students.
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 of elementary and secondary education must develop or identify specific methods of targeted intervention for the public school systems that have 4-year cohort graduation rates below 80%. Intervention methods may include increased availability of AP courses.

In addition, the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) Virtual School offers stand-alone AP courses.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores Yes. Under the statewide articulation and transfer agreeement, postsecondary educational institutions must accept credits earned in accelerated programs such as AP.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
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