Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Maryland

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 No
State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success No
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for accountability and reporting.

Reporting: Accountability reports for districts and schools include participation in AP, SAT, ACT, and PSAT exams. AP data include, for all AP subject and disaggregated for English, math, science and social studies:
  • Student count in AP course
  • Student count in AP exam
  • AP exams per student
  • Mean grade per exam
  • # of exams with students scoring 3-5
  • % of exams with students scoring 3-5.
State programs and funding for teacher training No
State subsidies for testing fees No. 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 Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities offers a number of AP courses. Course costs vary by course and by whether Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities or the local district provides a qualified teacher. Districts may offer scholarships or local funding to cover a student's course costs.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores No. However, credit for transfer students' AP exam scores must be assigned according to the same standards that apply to native students in the receiving institution.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
Unique characteristics One of the duties of the Maryland Advisory Council for Virtual Learning is to make recommendations for expanded curriculum for AP courses.

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