|Advanced Placement 2016|
|All high schools/districts required to offer AP||No. However, all districts are required to offer students the opportunity to earn the equivalent of at least 12 semester credit hours of college credit in high school, via AP, IB, dual credit, articulated postsecondary courses provided for local credit or articulated postsecondary advanced technical credit courses provided for state credit, or any combination thereof.|
|State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success||Yes. Statute authorizes a school to be awarded $100 for each student who scores ≥ 3 on an AP exam. The principal of each school participating in the program must convene, at least annually, a team of up to five members, with at least three teachers, to include at least one AP teacher and at least one teacher who teaches students in preparation for AP participation, to determine the use of funds awarded. |
Statute also authorizes a one-time award of $250 for teaching an AP course for the first time, and $50 to be deposited in the teacher bonus pool for each student in the school that scores ≥ 3 on an AP exam. AP teachers may be awarded a share of the teacher bonus pool, which must be distributed by the teacher's school in shares proportional to the number of courses taught.
While statute provides schools may receive a one-time $3,000 equipment grant for providing an AP course, the $3,000 equipment grant was last funded in the 2002-2003 biennium.
A school district is entitled to an annual allotment of $275 for each student in average daily attendance in grades 9-12 in the district. A school district or campus must use these funds for one or more of specified uses to advance rigorous coursework, including to implement or administer a program that encourages students to pursue advanced academic opportunities, including AP courses. At an open meeting of the board of trustees, each school district must establish annual performance goals for programs, activities, and strategies implemented with high school allotment funds related to the certain performance indicators, including enrollment in advanced courses, including AP courses.
|AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting||Yes, for accountability and reporting. Accountability: Performance indicators for high schools must include the percentage of students who have completed an AP course.|
Reporting: Texas Performance Reporting System (TPRS) postsecondary readiness indicators include, among others:
|State programs and funding for teacher training||Yes. An AP teacher may receive a subsidy of up to $450 for teacher training.|
In the definition of "College Board Advanced Placement," state board regulations require that a College Board-approved AP Program foster teacher professional development.
|State subsidies for testing fees||Yes. Students who qualify for a fee reduction will pay $7 in spring 2016 after state, federal, and College Board grants are applied.|
In addition, statute authorizes:
|State scholarship criteria include AP scores||Yes. To receive an initial TEXAS (Towards EXcellence, Access, and Success) grant, a student who is a first-time undergraduate must be a graduate of a public or accredited private high school in Texas who completed the foundation high school program or its equivalent and have met any two or more of the following academic eligibility requirements:
|Collaboration on AP between K-12 and higher education systems||Yes. A public junior college may enter into an articulation agreement to partner with one or more school districts located in the public junior college district to provide on the campus of the public junior college a dropout recovery program for students under 26 years of age who meet certain criteria. A public junior college entering into such an agreement must offer advanced academic and transition opportunities, including dual credit courses and college preparatory courses, such as AP courses.|
An interim benchmark payment of $250 is authorized for any, not to exceed 4, of 7 benchmarks achieved by an eligible student participating in the program, including a student who earns a score of ≥ 3 on an AP exam.
|State support for encouraging access to AP||Yes. Each school year, a school district must notify the parent of each district student enrolled in grade nine or above of the availability of programs in the district under which a student may earn college credit, including AP programs. A district may provide this notification on its website. The notification must include the name and contact information of any public or private entity in the district offering a program allowing high school students to earn college credit.|
In addition, during the first school year a student is enrolled in a high school or at the high school level in a charter school, and again during each year of a student's enrollment at the high school level, a school counselor must provide information about postsecondary education to the student and the student's parent. The information must include information on the availability of programs in the district under which a student may earn college credit, including AP programs.
The Texas Virtual School offers AP courses. Statute directs the administering authority of the state virtual school network to conduct certain activities to ensure that a full range of electronic courses, including AP courses, are offered to students in the state. An AP course must have documented approval from the College Board as an AP course prior to submission for Texas Virtual School Network course review.
In the definition of "College Board Advanced Placement," state board regulations require that a College Board-approved AP Program provide access to AP courses for all students willing to enroll in the rigorous academic curriculum of AP courses as prescribed by the College Board.
The standards for the Exploring Careers course for students in grades 7-8 call for the student to analyze college and career opportunities. The student is expected to explore opportunities for earning college credit in high school such as AP courses.
|State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores||Yes. Each institution of higher education that offers freshman-level courses must adopt and implement a policy to grant undergraduate course credit to entering freshman students who have earned qualifying scores on AP exams. In establishing the minimum required AP exam score for granting course credit for a particular lower-division course, an institution of higher education may not require a score above 3 unless the institution's chief academic officer determines, based on evidence, that a higher score on the exam is necessary to indicate a student is sufficiently prepared to be successful in a related, more advanced course for which the lower-division course is a prerequisite.|
Institutional policies must:
|Student must take AP exam to receive course credit||No|
|Unique characteristics||The Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board must collaborate to identify each school district with one or more high schools that has had an average of at least 26 students in the high school graduating class during the preceding 5 years, and for any 2 consecutive years during the preceding 5 years, have been among the lowest 10% of high schools in the state in the percentage of students graduating from the high school and enrolling for the following academic year in an institution of higher education. |
A district notified by the state education agency as meeting these criteria must enter into an agreement with the Texas public institution of higher education in closest geographic proximity to the district to develop a plan to increase the percentage of the district's graduating seniors who enroll in an institution of higher education for the academic year following graduation. A plan developed under these provisions: