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COVID-19 Updates

The College Board is regularly posting updates to their website, see COVID-19 AP Updates

Wisconsin Students Outperform National Average on AP exams

Wisconsin had 22,237 graduates in the class of 2020 who took 68,956 AP exams while in high school. The percent of students taking an AP exam was 37.1% and 26% of students from the class of 2020 scored a 3 or higher. The national average scoring a 3 or higher is 24.4 percent. Follow this link to read the complete news release.

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College Board Opportunity Scholarships for Students

The College Board has recently announced their new College Board Opportunity Scholarships for students. More information about this scholarship can be found at College Bd Opportunity Scholarship

AP District Honor Roll

The College Board released the list of districts from across the U.S. and Canada who were named to the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll. The College Board honor roll includes 250 districts in the United States and Canada that simultaneously increased access to AP courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of three or higher on an AP exam. End-of-course AP exams in the 38 courses that make up the AP program are scored on a five-point scale. Students who score three or higher on an AP exam typically receive course credit, advanced standing, or both from most colleges and universities. A total of 10 Wisconsin school districts were including in this year's honor roll, as follows:

Milton Area School District*

Neenah Joint School District* 

New Glarus School District

Northland Pines School District*

Oregon School District*

Saint Croix Central School District*

Sparta Area School District

Stevens Point Area School District*

Waterford Union High School District*

West De Pere School District*

*District has achieved the honor for multiple years.

AP and IB Test Fees for Low-Income Students - Requirements in State Law

Wisconsin public school districts are responsible by law to pay Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam fees for students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals. This requirement is found in Wis. Stat. sec. 120.12(22). The full text is as follows:

Wis. Stat. sec. 120.12 (22) Advanced Placement Examinations. Using federal, state, local, or private funds, pay the costs of advanced placement examinations taken by pupils enrolled in the school district who satisfy the income eligibility criteria for free or reduced-price lunches in the federal school lunch program under 42 USC 1758 (b) (1).

School districts pay a reduced fee for AP exams. For the 2020-21 school year, AP exams ordered on-time cost $95 (except for AP Seminar and AP Research exams which cost $143 per exam). The College Board provides a $33 fee reduction for students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals and the school is expected to forgo its $9 rebate for the exam. School districts, then, pay $53 per exam for students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Similarly, the school district would pay $101 for each AP Seminar exam & each AP Research exam for students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.There is no limit to the number of exams students can take.

There is no reduced fee for IB exams, so school districts are responsible for the full cost.

AP and IB Test Fees for Low-Income Students - Use of Title IVA Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities Funds

Districts that receive Title IVA federal funds can use a portion of those funds to cover the cost of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams for students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals. As noted in the U.S. Dept. of Education's Non-Regulatory Guidance, the Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities language in section 4107 describes how an allowable use of these funds can be for “[p]romoting access to accelerated learning opportunities including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, dual or concurrent enrollment programs and early college high schools.” More information about the Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities Non-Regulatory Guidance can be found at Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants .


2020 Advanced Placement Pacesetter Awards

The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) announced the 2020 Advanced Placement Pacesetter Awards. WAPAC is comprised of Wisconsin educators that are dedicated to expanding access to Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and rigorous learning for all students.

The Pacesetter Awards are unique to Wisconsin. They are used to recognize participation and a culture of excellence at a particular school. They are a celebration of excellence from across our state rather than a competition. Schools are acknowledged for their efforts at three levels based on the following criteria:

Level 1- 30% or more of all student participation in at least one AP exam AND 70% or more earning scores of 3 or above on the exams.
Level 2 - 20% or more of all student participation in at least one AP exam AND 65% or more earning scores of 3 or above on the exams.
Level 3 - 10% or more of all student participation in at least one AP exam AND 60% or more earning scores of 3 or above on the exams.

Recipients of the 2020 Advanced Placement Pacesetter Awards are:​


Level 1 Pacesetter Awards
Arrowhead High
Belleville High
Cedarburg High
Elmbrook Central High
Elmbrook East High
Franklin High
Hudson High
Kettle Moraine Global School
Kimberly High
Marshfield High
Mequon-Thiensville Homestead High
Muskego High
New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High
New Berlin Middle/High
Pewaukee High
Port Washington High
Saint Croix Central High
Waukesha West High School
Waunakee High
Whitefish Bay High

Level 2 Pacesetter Awards

Appleton North High
Appleton Renaissance
Ashwaubenon High
Burlington High
Cambridge High
Central/Westosha High
Chippewa Falls High
DC Everest High
De Forest High
De Pere High
East Troy High
Eau Claire Memorial High
Fennimore High
Freedom High
Germantown High
Gibraltar High
Grafton High
Greendale High
Hamilton High
Lakeview Technology Academy
Kettle Moraine HS of Health Sciences
Kewaskum High
Kohler High
Madison Metropolitan Memorial High
Madison Metropolitan West High
McFarland High
Menomonee Falls High
Middleton High
Milton High
Monona Grove High
Mount Horeb High
Mukwonago High
New Glarus High
Nicolet High
Northern Ozaukee High
Northland Pines High
Onalaska High
Oregon High
Platteville High
Shorewood High
Sun Prairie High
Union Grove High
Waterford High
Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy
Wauwatosa East High
Wauwatosa West High
West Allis-West Milwaukee Nathan Hale High
West Bend East High
West Bend West High
West De Pere High
Williams Bay High

Level 3 Pacesetter Awards

Altoona High
Appleton West High
Beaver Dam High
Big Foot High
Brillion High
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High
Chilton High
Columbus High
D C Everest Junior High
Darlington High
Deerfield High
Dodgeville High
Eau Claire North High
Edgerton High
Ellsworth High
Evansville High
Fort Atkinson High
Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High
Grantsburg High
Green Bay Preble High
Green Bay Southwest High
Hartford High
Holmen High
Horicon High
Hortonville High
Howard-Suamico Bay Port High
Janesville Rock University High
Indian Trail High School and Academy
Kettle Moraine High
Kickapoo High
Lake Geneva-Genoa City Badger High
Lake Mills High
Lakeland High
Lodi High
Lomira High
Luxemburg-Casco High
Marathon High
Menasha High
Menomonie High
Mercer School
Merrill High
Mishicot High
Neenah High
New Holstein High
New Richmond High
Oak Creek High
Oconomowoc High
Oshkosh West High
Prentice High
Prescott High
Pulaski High
Rhinelander High
River Falls High
Saint Croix Falls High
Sauk Prairie High
Seeds of Health Veritas High
Sheboygan George D Warriner HS for Personalized Learning
Sheboygan Falls High
Slinger High
South Milwaukee High
Stevens Point P J Jacobs Junior High
Stevens Point Area Senior High
Stoughton High
Sun Prairie Cardinal Heights Upper Middle
Superior High
Tomahawk High
Valders High
Verona Area High
Viroqua Laurel High
Viroqua High
Waterloo High
Watertown High
Waukesha North High
Waupaca High
Wausau West High
Whitewater High
Winneconne High
Wisconsin Heights High
Wrightstown High


For questions about this information, contact Mark Schwingle (608) 267-9273