Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Ohio

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, all public high schools are required to offer at least one advanced standing program, defined as a program that enables a high school student to earn credit toward a degree from an institution of higher education, or that enables a high school student to complete coursework that may earn credit toward a degree from an institution of higher education upon the student's attainment of a specified score on an exam covering the coursework. Advanced standing programs include AP, College Credit Plus (dual enrollment), International Baccalaureate, and early college high school programs.
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. Accountability: District and school report cards include a graded component known as Prepared for Success. Schools or districts earn one point for each student who meets one or more of the following criteria:
  • Achieves a remediation-free score on all parts of the ACT or SAT
  • Earns an industry-recognized credential from the state board's list of acceptable industry-recognized credentials
  • Receives an honors diploma.
A school or district earns an additional .3 point, for a maximum of 1.3 points per student, for each student who, in addition to meeting one or more of the above criteria, also meets one or more of the following criteria: 
  • Earns a ≥ 3 on an AP exam
  • Earns a ≥ 4 on an IB exam
  • Earns ≥ 3 or more non-remediation credits through College Credit Plus.
The department must assign an A - F letter grade for the prepared for success component using specified performance benchmarks (spans of points, i.e., “A” for scores  ≥ 85%. Increasingly higher scores are required to earn each letter grade in 2017-2017 and 2017-2018.

Reporting: School and district accountability reports must include the percentage of students enrolled in a district or building participating in AP classes, and the percentage of those students who received a score of ≥ 3 on AP exams. 
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. Each school district and chartered nonpublic high school must provide information about the district or school's advanced standing program(s) (AP and other courses allowing students to earn college credit) to all students in grades 8-11. The information must include: 
  • The process colleges and universities use in awarding credit for AP courses and exams, including minimum scores required by state institutions of higher education for a student to receive college credit
  • The availability of tuition and fee waivers for AP courses and exams
  • The availability of online AP courses, including those that may be available at no cost
  • The benefits of earning postsecondary credit through AP courses
  • The availability of AP courses offered throughout the district
The district or school may include additional information as determined appropriate by the district or school.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores Yes. A score of ≥ 3 will provide credit at any Ohio public institution of higher education. The credit must count towards graduation and meet a general education requirement if the course to which the AP credit is equivalent fulfills a requirement at the receiving institution. The state AP policy also provides that when it clearly enhances a student's opportunity for success, an institution should strongly advise that an AP score of ≥ 4 is needed for a student to be successful in a subsequent course in a highly dependent sequence of courses in a STEM area. For example, an advisor should strongly recommend that an AP score of ≥ 4 is needed on the AP Chemistry exam in order for the student to be successful in the second chemistry course.

In addition, a score of ≥ 3 on an AP foreign language exam will provide credit for at least the first year of foreign language at any public 2- or 4-year institution.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
Unique characteristics The chancellor of higher education must require all baccalaureate-awarding state institutions of higher education to submit a statement describing how each major for which the school offers a baccalaureate degree may be completed within three academic years. The statement may include, but is not limited to including, any of enumerated methods to contribute to earning a baccalaureate degree in three years, including AP credit.

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