Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Oregon


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. However, all districts must offer accelerated college credit programs, which include AP as well as dual credit, two-plus-two, and International Baccalaureate programs. Districts must provide students in grades 9-12 with accelerated college credit programs in English, math, and science, or ensure students in grades 9-12 have online access to accelerated college credit programs, including those related to English, math and science.
State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success Yes. "Accelerated college credit programs" include AP, dual credit, two-plus-two, and International Baccalaureate programs. The department of education must administer a program that provides grants for:
  • Student books, materials, and other course costs other than exam fees
  • Classroom supplies for accelerated college credit programs.
Any school district, community college district or state institution of higher education may individually or jointly apply for a grant.
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting No. However, each school district must annually report to the department of education the types of accelerated college credit programs offered, including AP.
State programs and funding for teacher training Yes. "Accelerated college credit programs" include AP, dual credit, two-plus-two, and International Baccalaureate programs. The department of education must administer a program that provides grants for education or training of current or prospective teachers providing instruction in accelerated college credit programs, among other purposes.

Any school district, community college district or state institution of higher education may apply individually or jointly for a grant. If a grant is awarded to provide education or training to current or prospective teachers providing instruction in an accelerated college credit program, the amount of the grant may not exceed 1/3 of the total cost of the education or training. In addition, the department may award the grant on the condition that the teacher, school district, community college district and state institution of higher education pay the balance of the cost of the education or training in a proportion agreed to by the teacher, districts and institution. The department may also enter into agreements with school districts, community college districts and state institutions of higher education related to the funding to provide education or training to current or prospective teachers in an accelerated college credit program.
State subsidies for testing fees Yes. A combination of local, state, federal, and College Board subsidies result in AP exams at no cost to low-income students in 2015-16. In addition, AP exams are available at $33 to private school students qualifying for test fee reduction, and, as a result of state funding, $59 to public school and home school students who do not qualify for the test fee reduction.
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 department of education must contract with a nonprofit entity to administer a nationally normed assessment to all public school 10th graders. The contracted assessment must identify students with high potential to excel in AP or other honors courses based on a research-based correlation of scores on the 10th grade assessment to AP exams. Through a Request for Proposals process, the department of education selected the PSAT/NMSQT.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores Yes. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission annually approves AP exam scores for which public 2- and 4-year institutions must award minimum postsecondary credit.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
Unique characteristics The Oregon Virtual School District has partnered with APEX Learning to offer their AP Exam Review and Preparation courses to Oregon public school students at no additional cost.  After schools submit the online student registration form, students have unlimited access to self-paced review courses.

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