College Board Opportunity Scholarships
The College Board has recently announced their new College Board Opportunity Scholarships. More information about this scholarship can be found at College Bd Opportunity Scholarship
AP District Honor Roll
The College Board recently released the list of districts from across the U.S. and Canada who were named to the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll. More information about those named in Wisconsin can be found here
Wisconsin AP State Scholars Announced
12/21/2018 - State Superintendent Tony Evers congratulated Sophia Sun of Brookfield Central High School in the School District of Elmbrook and David Gui of Marshfield Senior High School in the School District of Marshfield for being named Wisconsin's Advanced Placement (AP) State Scholars. The College Board recognizes the top male and female student in each of the 50 states and the District Columbia each year for their performance on AP exams. Students are chosen for the award for having scores of three or higher on the greatest number of AP exams and the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP exams they have taken. Read the complete news release.
Steady Growth in Advanced Placement
Wisconsin had 21,910 graduates in the class of 2017 who took 66,660 AP exams while in high school. That’s an increase of 638 graduates and 3,694 exams from the prior year’s graduating class. The 2017 cohort represent 36.4 percent of estimated graduates. Their success rate — the percentage of exams scored three or higher on a five-point scale — was 25.5 percent, up 0.7 percent from the 2016 cohort. Nationally for 2017, 1.17 million graduates took 3.98 million AP exams with a success rate of 22.8 percent. Read the complete news release.
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 2017-18 school year, AP exams cost $94 (except for AP Seminar and AP Research exams). The College Board provides a $32 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 that 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 .
2017 Advanced Placement Pacesetter Awards
The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) announced the 2017 Advanced Placement Pacesetter Awards. WAPAC is comprised of Wisconsin secondary and collegiate 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 recognize schools for promoting both access to and excellence in AP courses. 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 2017 Advanced Placement Pacesetter Awards are:
Level 1 Pacesetter Awards
Eisenhower Middle/High School
High School of Health Sciences
Menomonee Falls High
Sun Prairie High
Level 2 Pacesetter Awards
Chippewa Falls High
DC Everest High
De Forest High
De Pere High
Kettle Moraine High
Lakeview Technology Academy
Mount Horeb High
New Berlin Middle/High School
Port Washington High
Saint Croix Central High
Stevens Point Area Senior High
Tesla Engineering Charter School
Verona Area High
Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy
West De Pere High
Whitefish Bay High
Level 3 Pacesetter Awards
Baraboo High School
Bay Port High
Beaver Dam High
DC Everest Jr High
East Troy High
Elkhart Lake High
Elkhorn Area High
Fort Atkinson High
Fox Cities Leadership Academy
Indian Trail High School and Academy
Kettle Moraine Global School for Global Leadership and Innovation
Lake Mills High
Little Chute Career Pathways Charter
Monona Grove High
New Glarus High
New Richmond High
Northland Pines High
Reedsburg Area High
Richland Center High
River Falls High
River Valley High
Saint Croix Falls High
Sauk Prairie High
School for Arts and Performance
Sheboygan Falls High
Turtle Lake High
Union Grove High
Williams Bay High
Wisconsin Dells High
Wisconsin Heights High