Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - New Mexico

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. However, at least one of the units required for graduation must be earned as an AP, honors, dual credit, or online course.
State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success No
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for accountability. All high schools are graded on college readiness academic indicators that include AP scores. In addition, as part of the annual budget approval process, the department must ensure that a local school board or governing body of a charter school is prioritizing resources of a public school rated D or F toward proven programs and methods linked to improved student achievement until the public school earns a grade of C or better for two consecutive school years.To determine the prioritization of resources of a public school rated D or F, the department must examine any combination of specified factors, including any district or PED data related to AP courses or scores.

In addition, a public post-secondary educational institution, upon request from a New Mexico public high school or district superintendent, must provide a report of students who enroll in the institution within three years of (1) high school graduation; (2) leaving that high school without enrolling in another high school; or (3) earning a high school equivalency credential. The report must indicate Advanced Placement by subject and total credits earned.
State programs and funding for teacher training No
State subsidies for testing fees Yes. A combination of local, state, federal and College Board subsidies will make AP exams available to low-income students for $3 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. As students develop a next-step plan each year at the end of grades 8-11, students must be reasonably informed about curricular and course options, including AP courses. At least one of the units required for high school graduation must be completed as an AP, honors, dual credit, or online course. As part of the next step plan, the advisor must share information concerning AP, honors, dual credit and distance learning programs. Each next step plan must include one such course, a career-technical course, or pre-apprenticeship program.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores No
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
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