Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile

Advanced Placement Policies: State Profile - Wisconsin

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 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 No
AP participation/success included in high school accountability metrics/reporting Yes, for reporting. School and district accountability reports must include percentage of students participating in AP courses.
State programs and funding for teacher training No
State subsidies for testing fees While not state support, districts are required to cover test fees of low-income students. After the College Board's $30 fee reduction and school foregoes its $9 rebate, districts pay $53 per exam for low-income students.
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 Distance Education Grant (DEG) program is intended to to assist eligible distance education program providers with developing distance education course(s) available from the  Wyoming Switchboard Network (WSN). The priority of the DEG Program must be available for the development and maintenance of distance education programs that deliver several types of courses, including AP courses. The DEG Program must also be made available for evaluation of AP courses. 

In addition, the Wisconsin Virtual School is a partner in the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative, a partnership between DPI, Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS), and eSchool Network, Inc. (WEN). WVS partners with school districts throughout the state, to offer online courses, including AP courses.
State postsecondary institutions must award credit for minimum scores No. University of Wisconsin Board of Regents policy requires all UW System institutions to award credit for AP scores of ≥ 3. Each institution determines whether course equivalent credit or credit in the major should be granted and the AP score required to grant credit for those purposes. However, the Wisconsin Technical College System does not have a systemwide policy, although all 16 colleges will accept a 3, minimally, for most courses.
Student must take AP exam to receive course credit No
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