Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Virginia


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. However, all high schools must offer at least 3 AP, IB or Cambridge courses, college-level courses for degree credit, or any combination thereof.

In addition, 2016 S.B. 336 directs the state board, in establishing graduation requirements, to require all students to either (1) complete an AP, honors, or International Baccalaureate course or (2) earn a state board-approved career and technical education credential.
State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success No
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for reporting. School accountability reports must include percentage of students who take AP courses and percentage of students who take AP tests.
State programs and funding for teacher training No
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. 

School districts must notify students and their parents of the availability of financial assistance to low-income and needy students to take AP exams. In addition, school boards must notify home school students and their parents of the availability of AP exams and the availability of financial assistance to low-income and needy students to take these exams.
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 Yes. The Virginia Department of Education's Virtual Virginia offers AP and pre-AP courses. 

School districts must implement a plan to notify students and their parents of the availability of AP classes, the qualifications for enrolling in such classes and programs, and the availability of financial assistance to low-income and needy students to take AP exams. In addition, school boards must implement a plan to notify students receiving home instruction and their parents of the availability of AP exams and the availability of financial assistance to low-income and needy students to take these exams. School boards must implement a plan to make these exams available to students receiving home instruction.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores Yes. Each public institution of higher education's governing board must implement policies to grant undergraduate course credit to entering freshman who have successfully taken one or more AP exams. The policies must outline the conditions necessary for the institution to grant course credit, including the minimum required scores on AP exams. Each public institution of higher education's governing board must report to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia the policies adopted and implemented in compliance with these provisions, and make the policies available on the institution's website.

Effective July 2016, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (Council), in consultation with each public institution of higher education's governing board, must establish a policy for granting undergraduate course credit to entering freshman students who have taken one or more AP exams. The policy must: 
  •  Outline the conditions necessary for each public institution of higher education to grant course credit, including the minimum required scores on such exams
  • Identify each public institution of higher education's course credit or other academic requirements that the student satisfies by achieving the minimum required scores on such exams
  • Ensure, to the extent possible, that the grant of course credit is consistent across each public institution of higher education and each such exam.
The policy must be posted to the council's and to each public institution of higher education's website.

In addition, each institution within the Virginia Community College System must develop agreements for postsecondary degree attainment with the public high schools in the school divisions that they serve, specifying the options for students to complete an associate's degree or a one-year Uniform Certificate of General Studies concurrent with a high school diploma. Such agreements must specify the credit available for AP exam scores of ≥ 3.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
Unique characteristics School boards must implement a plan to notify students receiving home instruction and their parents of the availability of AP exams and the availability of financial assistance to low-income and needy students to take these exams. School boards must implement a plan to make these exams available to students receiving home instruction.

Students who complete the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma with an average grade of “B” or better, and successfully complete college-level coursework that will earn the student at least nine transferable college credits in AP, IB, Cambridge, or dual enrollment courses will receive the Governor's Seal on the diploma.

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