|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:
|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:
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:
|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:
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.