|Advanced Placement 2016|
|All high schools/districts required to offer AP||Yes. Each school district must provide AP courses in all secondary schools that enroll an adequate number of academically talented students to support the course. Statute directs the state board to determine what constitutes an adequate number of students for an AP course. State board policy requires all schools serving grades 11 and 12 to offer ≥ 1 AP course(s).|
|State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success||No|
|AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting||No|
|State programs and funding for teacher training||Yes. The Department of Education must fund and coordinate AP teacher training courses. Each teacher of an AP course is required to have completed the appropriate AP 3-graduate-hour training program or have successfully completed 45 hours of training provided by College Board endorsed professional development opportunities verified by the appropriate college or university. Newly assigned teachers of AP courses have one calendar year to meet the AP course training requirements. Teachers who hold a PhD. in their subject area may have the training waived.|
AP teachers must meet annually with their Professional Growth and Development Plan evaluators to discuss appropriate goal setting and/or revision. The plan may include, but is not limited to, College Board workshops and professional development opportunities.
An AP endorsement may be added to a teaching certificate.
AP Teacher Institutes are hosted at postsecondary institutions across the state.
|State subsidies for testing fees||Yes. Low-income students will pay $0 in spring 2016 after grants are applied; non-low-income students will pay either $0 or $9 if the school does not forego its rebate.|
|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||Yes, for scores of ≥ 3. South Carolina Commission on Higher Education policy establishes parameters for total AP credits and English credits that may be awarded.|
|Student must take AP exam to receive course credit||Yes|
|Unique characteristics||Legislation states the purpose of administering college- and career-readiness assessments and WorkKeys assessments to 11th graders is to provide instructional information to assist students, parents, and teachers to plan for each student's course selection, which may include AP courses.|