Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Pennsylvania

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. One of the 14 purposes districts may apply annual accountability grants towards is establishing, expanding or maintaining programs to strengthen high school curricula by offering additional AP or other rigorous high school courses.
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for reporting. High school accountability reports include the number of AP courses offered.
State programs and funding for teacher training No
State subsidies for testing fees Yes. Public and private school 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 No
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores No
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
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