Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - West 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 Yes. All high schools must offer at least 1 AP course each in English, math, science, and social studies.
State financial support for AP course offerings/AP success Yes. The state must allocate 1% of the state average per pupil state aid multiplied by the number of students enrolled in dual credit, AP and international baccalaureate courses, distributed to the counties proportionate to enrollment in these courses in each county.
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for accountability. School accountability reports must include:
  • Percentages of 10th-12th graders who took an AP course
  • Percentages of 10th-12th graders who took an AP exam
  • Percentage of 12th graders who earned ≥ 3 on an AP exam.
Data will be reported for comparison at the school level with county, state, regional, and national data.
State programs and funding for teacher training Yes. All AP courses must be taught by a teacher who has completed the required professional development, which includes an AP Summer Institute (APSI) delivered through the West Virginia Center for Professional Development (WVCPD) or other College Board-endorsed APSI. AP teachers must attend an APSI once every three years after completing the initial APSI. AP teachers may also meet the requirement for attendance at the APSI by holding an AP credential (see below).

An administrator from each high school must attend a WVCPD College Board endorsed AP related workshop once every two years. All AP coordinators must attend an AP Coordinator's workshop annually.

The Advanced Placement Credential is valid for 3 years. An applicant for licensure must hold a valid West Virginia Professional Certificate, successfully complete the AP Course Audit required by the College Board, be recommended by the county superintendent, and complete one of the following:
  • 30-clock hour College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institute or an equivalent College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institute offered through the WVCPD or an out-of-state provider endorsed by the College Board. All professional development for the initial AP Teacher Advanced Credential must have been completed after June 2005.
  • Be accepted by the College Board to read exams and participate in at least one AP Exam Reading
  • Be accepted by the College Board to offer institutes and workshops and deliver at least one course-specific institute or workshop
  • Successfully serve as a mentor to a novice AP teacher
  • Successfully complete at least three semester hours of coursework directly related to the AP course for which licensure is sought
An applicant for renewal of an Advanced Placement Credential must submit evidence of successful completion of the requirements for initial endorsement The requirements for renewal must have been met subsequent to the renewal of the license being renewed and within five years of the date of application.

Statute establishes the West Virginia Advanced Placement Center within the West Virginia Center for Professional Development to provide statewide coordination for the continued growth and development of AP programs in the state. The teacher training functions of the center include:
  • Coordinating AP teacher training institutes
  • Establishing a cadre of instructors for the AP teacher training institutes
  • Providing follow-up teacher training for AP teachers
  • Identifying and obtaining external sources of funding
  • Networking AP teachers through an AP newsletter
  • Serving as a liaison for the College Board and the department of education, county boards of education, institutions of higher education, the West Virginia Advanced Placement Leadership Team, the legislature, and the governor.
Statute directs the state board to establish a program coordinated through the colleges and universities or some other entity to provide training to AP teachers. Statute also calls for an appropriation to assist in the implementation of teacher training for honors and AP instruction. Teachers must be selected to teach honors and advanced placement courses based on their qualifications and academic interests and the needs of the students. County boards of education must, if necessary, make arrangements for the teachers to attend a training program
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.
State scholarship criteria include AP scores No
Collaboration on AP between K-12 and higher education systems Yes. One of the charges of the West Virginia Advanced Placement Center, housed within the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, is to serve as a liaison for the College Board and the department of education, county boards of education, institutions of higher education, the West Virginia Advanced Placement Leadership Team, the legislature, and the governor.
State support for encouraging access to AP In addition to teacher training, the duties of the West Virginia Advanced Placement Center, housed within the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, include assisting county boards of education and local schools in establishing, evaluating, and maintaining AP programs, and serving as a clearinghouse for AP materials and correspondence.

In addition, the West Virginia Virtual School offers AP courses.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores Yes. Students earning ≥ 3 on an AP exam will receive credit at any public 2- or 4-year institution. The Higher Education Policy Commission maintains a list of all AP exams and the minimum number of credits each institution will grant. However, a department may require a higher score than 3 on an AP test if the credit is to be used toward meeting a course requirement for a major in the department. 
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
Unique characteristics In addition to functions related to AP teacher training, the duties of the West Virginia Advanced Placement Center, housed within the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, include: 
  • Serving as a liaison for the College Board and the department of education, county boards of education, institutions of higher education, the West Virginia Advanced Placement Leadership Team, the legislature, and the governor
  • Conducting research and evaluating the state's AP program
  • Certifying individual courses that meet the established standards of AP programs.
The Higher Education Policy Commission, the University System Board of Trustees, the State College System Board of Directors, and the Council for Community and Technical College Education encourage high school students to participate in the AP program.

Advanced Placement and honors curricula are intended in a subject area for which students have attained at least two of the following three criteria: (1) Demonstrated exceptional ability and interest through past performance, (2) obtained the prerequisite knowledge and skills to perform honors or advanced placement work, and (3) recommended by the student's former or present teachers.

State board regulation regarding student personalized education plans provides, "Best practices encourage students to take at least 1 AP and/or [Advanced Career] course with corresponding examination..."

A certificate of proficiency must include the program of study major completed by the student only for those students who have completed the required major courses, or higher level courses, advanced placement courses, college courses or other more rigorous substitutes related to the major, and the recommended electives.

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