Advanced Placement (AP) courses and assessments are properties of The College Board.
- All students who are willing and academically prepared to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum should be considered for admission to AP courses
- The College Board encourages the elimination of barriers that restrict access to AP courses for students from ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the AP Program. Schools should make every effort to ensure that their AP classes reflect the diversity of their student population.
- Q: For those of you who use an online payment program for AP exam fees, which program do you use, and what do you like/don’t like about it?
- A: We’ve used Total Registration for the past several years and it is a game changer when it comes to organization. Now that we have to do everything early however, it has caused us to have to duplicate many things and make sure College Board and Total REgistration all line up with orders, payments, etc. I wish College Board would just have a payment system too then it would all be so much easier! TR has many features that have made it so much easier to manage.
- A: Total Registration is the big one…Avon High School uses it, but I’ve never used it. We just have our students pay the treasurer here. We only have I think 5 paid AP exams at this point. But TR also would print your answer sheets for you, which I assume it won’t do anymore because of the labels we’re getting. We have about 300+ AP students and we do 500 or so exams, and it’s always just been easy enough to have our treasurer take the payment and give me the form the student turns in. The thing I have to do the most is advertise that the students have to register, communicate with teachers, and badger the lazy students to get their stuff in! But now with the new registration system, I have the students register in August and then just have them turn in a form/pay for the paid ones.
- Q: Checking on a memo that students HAD to be the AP section of a class for the state to pay in their exam. Even if this course was offered concurrently with a Dual Credit class; they had to have the AP class listed on their transcript. Is this still true?
- A: September 5, 2019 memo says they have to be enrolled in the corresponding course, which I think is the language that always meant they have to be in enrolled in the class to get the free exam.
- 2019 Guidance for State Payment of 2020 AP Exams – IDOE Memo, September 2019
- Q: If a student misses the AP test for illness, what kind of documentation is needed in order to qualify for late-testing? Do they have to have a doctor’s note? It says serious injury, illness or family tragedy as one of the circumstances.
- From Courtney Hott, IDOE (February 2019): According to Indiana Code, the State provides funds for “students of accredited public and nonpublic schools to take the College Board’s Advanced Placement math, English, and science exams and to supplement any federal funds awarded for non-math-and-science and English Advanced Placement exams taken by students qualified for the Free or Reduced Lunch program.” Based on this legislation, students qualifying for free or reduced lunch programs may receive funding to supplement their federal funding allotment for any AP exam where federal funds are also awarded. The list provided has already been approved, but if the school receives federal funds for an additional AP exam, then the legislation would allow for state supplements in that area as well.
- If you already weight your AP classes (GPA bump) and a student takes an AP class online because you do not offer the course in your building, do you grant the GPA bump for that online class? Responses to Weighting Online AP Courses
- Guidelines for State Payment of 2018 AP Exams
- AP Music Theory responses from Counselor Talk, February 2018
- Any student can take AP classes from Counselortalk, Sept. 2018
- AP Bio as a freshman-Counselortalk March 2020
- Q: I have a senior that took Government as a dual credit course. It’s listed on his transcript as 1540, which is the normal course code for the class. At the bottom of the transcript it notes that the class is dual credit, where and what credits he earned, etc, etc. This student is fighting for valedictorian right now, and wants to take an extra AP class through Apex (the online program we use). He wants to take Government. My question is, can he earn a credit for both Gov. classes? The course code for AP Gov. is 1560, so I think he should be fine, but I want to double check.
- I wouldn’t allow the student to do this. I think ethically taking a class over material you studied simply to earn the spot of valedictorian is not okay. Do you have a policy on it? If he wants to do it, I would have him taken another AP level class over new material.
- My understanding is that if they have different course numbers per the state’s course guide, then it should still count. For example, I have loads of students who will take U.S. History and then AP U.S. History for the AHD requirement. We count them twice, with one of them fulfilling the graduation requirement and the other as AHD or elective course.
- When I was at the high school, we looked at AP/regular/honors/CC as one class with a different track–basically the same class just at different levels. We also didn’t let kids take online courses for rank. They could only take them if they failed a class they needed to graduate, needed a class for graduating early, or needed to retake for AHD bc they got a D-F.
- I think so – AP is a separate curriculum, so if they haven’t done that course, they should be able to do it again in theory if you let them.
- Technically the student can take Government and AP Gov. and receive credits for both (because they are 2 different codes). The student cannot grade replace the Dual Credit Gov. course. Does that make sense? **from Michelle Clarke at DOE
- Definition, history and links to the basics of AP Programs on the CollegeBoard website including how to start a program: https://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/assessment/ap
- Comprehensive breakdown of what the program is, the history, the different subjects and tests available, test scoring and data regarding the number of students testing- includes changes to the program over the years: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Placement
- Indiana Department of Education AP information; links and specifics to regarding what exams the State of Indiana pages for: http://www.doe.in.gov/ap
- Resource for Indiana counselors regarding AP exams, basic info about exams and how the credits are accepted in Indiana: http://www.transferin.net/Advisor-Counselors/AP.aspx
- Talking to your students about why to take an AP course; how many to take; who should take them, etc:
- Pros and Cons of taking an AP exam- article from College Foundation of West Virginia: https://www.cfwv.com/Home/Article.aspx?articleId=VTv0Iu2AvHXAP2FPAXqUmR2EHLZXgXAP3DPAXXAP3DPAX&level=3XAP2FPAX6J7I3kztATGuYyXAP2BPAXDahIQXAP3DPAXXAP3DP
- AP vs Dual Credit: Article from a St. Louis newspaper discussing the two options: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/ap-courses-vs-dual-credit-what-s-best-for-high/article_32de45f2-37e8-572c-a01a-aa7726797e62.html
- AP vs Dual Credit: Comparison of the two programs by a high school in Texas with a great chart toward the bottom: http://www.geochief.org/AGS_info/ags2.htm
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