Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Tennessee

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. However, if a district offers AP courses, it must annually approve a list of AP courses, provide this list to the public, and ensure that approved courses substantially incorporate the learning objectives and course descriptions as defined by the College Board.
State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success No. However, statute authorizes a school to establish an AP fund to receive donations or grants from individuals or from private corporations, associations or other artificial entities, both nonprofit and for profit, who wish to help support an AP program offered or attempted to be established by the school. Monies in such fund must be used solely for academic enhancement in support of the program for which the fund was created. The principal of each school establishing a fund must appoint a committee responsible for determining how funds will be used.

In addition, a parent of an eligible student with disabilities may open an individualized education account that may defray any of a number of educational costs, including AP exam fees.
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for reporting. The commissioner of education must publish an annual report that includes:
  • A list of the AP courses offered in each LEA
  • A list of the AP courses offered in each of the LEA's schools that serve grades in which AP courses could be taken
  • The number of students taking AP courses
  • The percentage of students scoring 3 or above on AP exams, by LEA and by school.
State programs and funding for teacher training Yes. An AP computer science teacher must have a valid Tennessee teacher license with an endorsement grades 7-12 and have completed the equivalent of 12 semester hours of computer course work including six semester hours of programming.
State subsidies for testing fees No. Students who qualify for a fee reduction will pay $15 in spring 2016 after federal and College Board grants are applied.

2013 legislation created a two-year pilot to determine whether covering AP exam fees increased the number of students pursuing completion of rigorous course work and passing AP exams. In accordance with the legislation, the office of research and education accountability, in the office of the comptroller of the treasury, submitted a report to the legislature in late 2015 on the outcome of the pilot.
State scholarship criteria include AP scores No
Collaboration on AP between K-12 and higher education systems Yes. The consortium for cooperative innovative education is comprised of the chancellor of the board of regents, the president of the University of Tennessee system, the executive director of the Tennessee higher education commission, the executive director of the state board of education, and the commissioner of education (or the designees of any of these). One of the charges to the consortium is the creation of marketing channels to advise students of early postsecondary education opportunities, including AP.
State support for encouraging access to AP Yes. Information in student handbooks for schools serving grades 8-12 must include college preparatory and AP courses provided by high schools in the LEA. In addition, during an annual lottery scholarship day before students schedule courses for grades 8-11, schools must provide certain information to students and their parents, including information on the academic value of enrollment and success in college preparatory and AP courses in high school.

If a local education agency elects to offer AP courses, it must annually approve a list of such courses, and make this list readily available to the public.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores No. However, Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) policy recommends that all TBR community colleges award specified amounts of postsecondary credit for certain AP exam scores.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
Unique characteristics In fall 2015, the Tennessee Board of Regents unveiled free, self-paced, online AP exam prep courses in English and statistics, available to students across the country, and developed byTennessee Board of Regents community college and university faculty. Courses may also be used by high school instructors to augment their AP curriculum.

Public school students who complete a specified high school curriculum may graduate early and be eligible for unconditional entry into a public two-year institution of higher education or conditional entry into a public four-year institution of higher education. Under this option, students must complete at least two AP, IB, dual enrollment or dual credit courses.

A student will be recognized as graduating with "state distinction" by attaining a B or better average and completing one of eight criteria, including earning a score of 3 or higher on at least 2 AP exams.

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