Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Utah


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 jzinth@ecs.org 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. Under the Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program, the state board distributes funds to school districts and charter schools according to a state board formula. The distribution formula may include an allocation of funds for AP courses, among other purposes. The state board formula includes an allocation of funds for AP courses. The portion allocated to AP equals 0.38 multiplied by the difference between the funds appropriated for the Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program less the allotment.

The state board must develop performance criteria to measure the effectiveness of the Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program and annually report to the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee on the program's effectiveness. Under state board regulation, all LEAs receiving program funds are required to submit to the state office of education an annual evaluation report that includes, among other metrics, the number of AP classes taken, completed, and exams passed with a score of 3 or above by identified students. 
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for reporting. School and district accountability reports must include: 
  • The number of students taking AP courses
  • The number and percent of students taking a specific AP course who take AP tests
  • The number and percent of AP test-takers passing the AP test
State programs and funding for teacher training No
State subsidies for testing fees Yes. Under the Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program, the state board distributes appropriated funds to school districts and charter schools in accordance with a state board-determined formula. The distribution formula may include an allocation for AP test fees for students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch who take an AP test and have applied for the AP test fee reduction. Under state board regulation, all LEAs are eligible to apply for the Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program funds. The distribution formula includes an allocation of money for AP courses, whereby the total funds designated for the AP Program are divided by the total number of AP exams on which students earned ≥ 3 score. Each participating LEA receives that amount for each exam passed by one of its students.

The state board must develop criteria to measure the effectiveness of the Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program and annually report to the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee on the program's effectiveness. The report must include data showing the use and impact of money allocated for AP test fees of eligible low-income students. Under state board regulation, all LEAs receiving program funds are required to submit to the state office of education an annual evaluation report that includes, among other metrics, the number of AP classes taken, completed, and exams passed with a score of 3 or above by identified students. 

Low-income students whose districts and schools are not involved in the Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program will pay $53 in spring 2016 for each subject-specific AP exam, and $100 for each AP Research and AP Seminar exam, after College Board grants are applied.
State scholarship criteria include AP scores No
Collaboration on AP between K-12 and higher education systems Yes. Statute directs the state board of education, in collaboration with the state board of regents, to implement an AP program that permits students to earn high school credits while qualifying to take AP exams for college credit. The delivery system and curriculum program msut be designed and implemented to take full advantage of the most current available educational technology.
State support for encouraging access to AP Yes. The state makes available the Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program, through which LEAs may apply for funds to support AP courses and AP exam fees for low-income students who have applied for an AP test fee reduction, as well as to support IB and gifted and talented programs. LEAs have a process for identifying students with accelerated academic achievement based upon multiple assessment instruments. These instruments may not be solely dependent upon English vocabulary or comprehension skills and must take into consideration abilities of culturally diverse students and students with disabilities.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores Yes. Students may fulfill the math requirement in the General Education Core by scoring ≥ 3 on AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, or Statistics. Three-credit Writing requirement in General Education Core may also be fulfilled by scores on AP English exams.

In addition, the board of regents is required to identify minimum scores and maximum credit for each AP exam. Utah System of Higher Education policy provides that scores of ≥ 3 may receive a maximum of 10 semester hours of credit for a foreign language exam, up to 8 semester hours of credit for a full year course, or up to 4 semester hours of credit for a half year course. Institutions may determine appropriate AP scores in academic departments for which there are AP exams.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
Unique characteristics Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, students must demonstrate mathematics competency by any of a number of means in order to graduate from high school. For a student pursuing a college degree after graduation, one of the means of demonstrating math competency is by scoring ≥ 3 on an AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, or AP Statistics exam.

The Centennial Scholarship for Early Graduation is available to students who graduate early. Regulation provides that AP exams are one of the means for students to earn high school credit via demonstrated proficiency by assessment.

2016 legislation directs the University of Utah to partner with all state universities to develop concurrent enrollment courses that are age-appropriate foreign language courses for eligible accelerated foreign language students. The legislation defines an "accelerated foreign language student" as a student in grades 10-12 who has passed a world language AP exam.

© 2021 by the Education Commission of the States (ECS). All rights reserved. ECS is the only nationwide, nonpartisan interstate compact devoted to education. 700 Broadway #810, Denver, CO 80203-3442

To request permission to excerpt part of this publication, either in print or electronically, please contact the Education Commission of the States’ Communications Department at 303.299.3636 or mzatynski@ecs.org.

Your Education Policy Team  www.ecs.org