Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Massachusetts


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 Yes. Subject to appropriation, the state board must establish a program to award districts grants for the costs associated with establishing AP courses. The board must promulgate regulations defining the standards of eligibility and other implementation guidelines.

2015 H.B. 3650 makes a $2.7 million appropriation for 2015-2016 for a competitively bid, statewide performance based, integrated program to increase participation and performance in AP courses, particularly among underserved populations, to prepare students for college and career success in STEM and English. These funds must support a number of program elements, including equipment and supplies for new and expanded AP courses.
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting No
State programs and funding for teacher training Yes. 2015 H.B. 3650 makes a $2.7 million appropriation for 2015-2016 for a competitively bid, statewide performance based, integrated program to increase participation and performance in AP courses, particularly among underserved populations, to prepare students for college and career success in STEM and English. These funds must support a number of program elements, and may support teacher professional development, including a College Board-endorsed AP summer institute for math, science, and English teachers. The program must provide a minimum $1,000,000 match of private funds for direct support of educators and other uses.
State subsidies for testing fees Yes. Subject to appropriation, the board of elementary and secondary education must establish an AP test fee grant program to award districts grants for the reimbursement of exam fees based on financial need. The board must promulgate regulations defining the standards of eligibility and other implementation guidelines for this program.

2015 H.B. 3650 makes a $2.7 million appropriation for 2015-2016 for a competitively bid, statewide performance based, integrated program to increase participation and performance in AP courses, particularly among underserved populations, to prepare students for college and career success in STEM and English. These funds must support a number of program elements, including support for the costs of AP exams.

Low-income students who are not supported by the programs identified above will pay $15 in spring 2016.
State scholarship criteria include AP scores Yes. A candidate for the Certificate of Mastery with Distinction must attain minimum scores on one of the following sets of assessments:
(a) Two SAT II exams
(b) Two AP exams
(c) One SAT II exam and one AP exam
(d) One SAT II exam and one Other Achievement
(e) One AP exam and one Other Achievement.

Students must earn at least a 3 on an AP exam or a score on an SAT II exam determined by the Department to be comparable to a score of three on an AP exam where SAT II and AP exams exist in the same subject area. Students earning a Certificate of Mastery with Distinction receive a tuition waiver to state postsecondary institutions for up to 8 semesters, provided students maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA.
Collaboration on AP between K-12 and higher education systems No
State support for encouraging access to AP Yes. 2015 H.B. 3650 makes a $2.7 million appropriation for 2015-2016 for a competitively bid, statewide performance based, integrated program to increase participation and performance in AP courses, particularly among underserved populations, to prepare students for college and career success in STEM and English. These funds must support all of the following program elements for each school: 
  • Open access to courses
  • Equipment and supplies for new and expanded AP courses
  • Support for the costs of AP exams
  • Support for student study sessions.
These funds may also support teacher professional development, including a College Board-endorsed AP summer institute for math, science, and English AP teachers. The program must provide a minimum $1,000,000 match in private funds for direct support of educators and other uses.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores No
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
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