Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Oklahoma


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. Through the Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program, the state board may award schools a one-time equipment and materials grants of up to $5,000 for each AP course. A school receiving a grant must offer the AP course beginning the school year after receiving the grant. The state board may award additional grants to school sites demonstrating successful implementation of the courses for which the first grants were awarded. (Successful implementation includes, but is not limited to, the class having been reported on the Application for Accreditation Coded Class Schedule; a student having completed the relevant AP exam; a student having scored 3 or better on the AP exam; or. evidence of activities to prepare growing numbers of students for the challenges offered by AP classes.) Schools may qualify for additional grants a minimum of 4 years after receiving a grant award. Second-time grants of up to $2,500 may be awarded.

In addition, vertical team grants may be awarded to prepare growing numbers of students for the challenges offered by AP courses. Vertical team grants are content area and team-based. A school district may apply for a vertical team grant for a content area team from a high school and its feeder middle level school(s). The vertical team must include at least one representative from each grade level in the content area for grades 7-12.

Consolidated districts, districts combined by annexation, and districts that have entered into a mutual contract with a superintendent must have for 3 consecutive years after consolidation, annexation or the effective date of the mutual contract preference for allocations for various state board funds, including AP Incentive funds.
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for accountability. In calculating a high school's A - F grade, a school may receive one bonus point for meeting the criteria for an “A” for performance or participation of students in AP courses or other enumerated advanced academic or CTE courses. Specifically, the criteria for earning an “A” for participation or performance in advanced coursework aer met if the school achieves either a student participation rate of ≥ 70% in accelerated coursework (student passes AP or other advanced course), or a student performance rate of ≥ 90% in accelerated coursework (in case of AP, student enrolled in course, earns "C" or higher, and earns ≥ on AP exam). A school earns credit for every course in which a student demonstrates the required level of performance.

In addition, while not a metric for high school accountability reporting, the state department of education must annually report to the governor and house and senate education committees on the Advanced Placement Incentive Program for the previous school year. The report must include: 
  • The number of students taking an AP exam and the number of exams taken
  • The number of exams receivinh a ≥ 3 score
  • The number of school sites that received funding and the amount of awards, by type of award
  • The number of school sites offering AP courses and the number of school sites with students taking an AP exam
  • The number of students receiving test assistance and the average amount of assistance
  • An evaluation of the cost versus the benefits of this program.
State programs and funding for teacher training Yes. Schools may be awarded a one-time equipment and/or instructional materials grant to provide an AP course. A school receiving a grant must provide the College Board training within one year of the grant award, including at least a one-week summer institute, among other criteria. Teachers must be encouraged to attend annual follow-up training.

The state board may award schools subsidized training for AP courses or pre-AP courses, or grants for developing AP vertical teams. "Vertical teams" are defined in statute as a group of middle/junior high school and high school educators in a given discipline who work cooperatively to develop and implement a vertically aligned program aimed at helping students acquire the academic skills necessary for success in the AP program. More details on grants available for AP training grants and vertical team grants available here.
State subsidies for testing fees Yes. Students who take more than one AP exam in a school year will have a portion of their examination fee paid by the state department of education. In 2016, non-low-income students taking 2 or more exams pay $67 per exam. In addition, a combination of local, state, and College Board subsidies make the cost of AP exams $10 for low-income students, regardless of the number of exams a low-income student takes in a year. More details here.
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 board is authorized to award schools grants to support vertical team training. Vertical team grants are content area and team-based. A school district may apply for a vertical team grant for a content area team from a high school and its feeder middle level school(s). The vertical team must include at least one representative from each grade level in the content area for grades 7-12.

Grants are also available for pre-AP course training. 
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores No
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
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