Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - South Carolina

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 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.

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