Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Missouri

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 Yes. Subject to appropriation, a student may earn a one-time $500 Advanced Placement Incentive Grant for earning two scores of 3 or higher on an AP exam in math or science while enrolled in a Missouri public high school. To be eligible, an applicant student must additionally receive an award under the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program or the A+ Schools Program.
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for accountability. The department of elementary and secondary education must have a scoring rubric for AP courses as part of the Missouri school improvement program (MSIP). Specifically, there are 5 areas of performance standards for K-12 districts, including college and career readiness. One of the 6 metrics demonstrating the district provides adequate postsecondary preparation for all students is the percent of graduates who earned a qualifying score or grade on an AP, IB, or Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) assessment and/or receive college credit or a qualifying grade through early college, dual enrollment, or approved dual credit courses meets or exceeds the state standard or demonstrates required improvement.

The rubric, which must recognize the difficulty of providing such courses in rural districts, must take into account population density in districts and localized teacher shortages in academic specializations, and differentially reward districts for accomplishing delivery of such courses through electronic media under such circumstances.

Regulation governing the Missouri school improvement program establishes metrics for college and career readiness, including the percent of graduates who earned a qualifying score on an AP exam meets or exceeds the state standard or demonstrates required improvement.
State programs and funding for teacher training No
State subsidies for testing fees No. While regulation establishes the Missouri Fee Payment Program to defray AP test fees of students not eligible for federal or College Board fee reductions, the legislature has not made any appropriations in the recent past to support the program.

Students who qualify for a fee reduction will pay $15 in spring 2016.
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 Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP) offers AP courses.

In addition, the 2016 General Assembly has appropriated $100,000 that the department may use to provide grants to districts with high schools that are expanding their AP programs, to include students who typically don't participate.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores No. However, the state credit transfer guidelines requires that institutions transfer and treat credit earned via AP in the same manner as it would for native students.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
Unique characteristics When a foster care student transfers before or during the school year, the receiving school must initially honor placement of the student in educational courses based on the student's enrollment in the sending school or educational assessments conducted at the sending school if the courses are offered. For these purposes, course placement includes AP courses.

Innovation campuses are partnerships that include at least one high school or K-12 school district, four-year public or private postsecondary institution, Missouri-based business, and year public higher education institution or State Technical College of Missouri. Priority for innovation campus funds will be given to requests that focus on several priorities, including reduction or elimination of student costs of college credit coursework completed before matriculation, including via AP.

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