|Advanced Placement 2016|
|All high schools/districts required to offer AP||No|
|State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success||Yes. The state has a competitive grant program for districts and charter schools to expand access to AP and pre-AP programs. Program funds may be used to purchase books and supplies, among other purposes.|
In addition, any group of districts or a consolidated district that meets specified criteria may apply for an incentive grant for construction of a new facility or for remodeling and improving an existing facility. For an applicant group of districts, an education program must be developed that provides for more learning opportunities and course offerings, including the offering of AP courses, for students than is currently available in any single member district.
|AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting||Yes, for reporting. Accountability reports must include a rigorous coursework measure indicating the number and percentage of high school graduates in the most recent school year who successfully completed one or more AP courses.|
In addition, the commissioner must annually submit the following information on rigorous course taking, disaggregated by student subgroup, school district, and postsecondary institution, to the education committees of the legislature:
|State programs and funding for teacher training||Yes. The state has a competitive grant program for districts and charter schools to expand access to AP and pre-AP programs. Program funds may be used to provide teacher training and instruction to more effectively serve students, including low-income and other disadvantaged students, who participate in pre-AP or AP courses.|
The state may pay a portion of the tuition, room, board, and out-of-state travel costs a teacher or other interested educator incurs in participating in an AP training program. The commissioner of education must determine application procedures and deadlines, select teachers and other interested educators to participate in the training program, and determine the payment process and amount of the subsidy. The procedures determined by the commissioner must, to the extent possible, ensure that AP courses become available in all parts of the state and that a variety of course offerings are available in districts.
In practice, a 2015 legislative appropriation allows applicant Minnesota teachers attending a summer 2016 in-state training at Carleton College and/or Augsburg College to receive a scholarship of $500 for tuition and college credit, and an additional $150 for room and board on campus. Teachers may apply for an out-of-state AP training scholarship of up to $900 if the AP course the teacher needs is not available at Carleton or Augsburg, the 2016 training dates pose a conflict, or the teacher attended Augsburg or Carleton training in 2015.
In addition, the commissioner must provide support programs during the school year for teachers who attended the training programs and experienced AP teachers. The support programs must provide teachers with opportunities to share instructional ideas with other teachers. The state may pay the costs of participating in the support programs, including substitute teachers, if necessary, and program affiliation costs.
|State subsidies for testing fees||Yes. By statute, the state must pay exam fees for low-income public and non-public school students, and to the extent of the appropriation, pay a portion or all of the exam fees for other public and nonpublic students. Low-income students who qualify for a fee reduction will pay $0 in spring 2016 after state, federal, and College Board grants are applied. After a $40 Minnesota Department of Education reimbursement, non-low-income students will pay $43 or $52 in spring 2016, depending on whether their school waives the $9 school rebate.|
|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 has a competitive grant program for districts and charter schools to expand access to AP and pre-AP programs. To be eligible to participate, a 3-year plan approved by the local school board must seeks to achieve one or more of the following goals:
Program funding must be used, consistent with the application for any of the following purposes:
|State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores||No. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities must award credit for an AP exam score of ≥ 3. The University of Minnesota is encouraged to but not required to award college credit for AP scores of ≥ 3.|
2015 H.F. 1 directed the chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to submit to the K–12 and higher education legislative committees a report by February 1, 2016 describing how to standardize AP exam course equivalencies across all state colleges and universities.
|Student must take AP exam to receive course credit||No|