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COVID-19 Updates

The College Board is regularly posting updates to their website, see COVID-19 AP Updates In addition, on April 3, 2020 College Board released key AP testing information for students, along with the Primary and Makeup Exam Schedules for spring 2020. For a brief recap, go AP Messaging to Students and Schools - April 2020.  The above website will have even more detailed information. 

Scholarships, Internships and Professional Development opportunities


AP Summer Institute (APSI)

UW-Madison is offering their APSI during two different weeks in summer 2020. Week 1 (June 22-25, 2020) will cover the subjects of Biology, Calculus AB & BC, Economics, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, U.S. Government, U.S. History, and World History. Week 2 (June 29-July 2, 2020) will cover the subjects of Art & Design, Computer Science Principles, Human Geography (and other courses yet to be determined). More information about UW-Madison's AP Summer Institute and registration can be found at APSI.

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 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 AP District Honor Roll

Steady Growth in Advanced Placement

Wisconsin had 22,980 graduates in the class of 2019 who took 71,897 AP exams while in high school. The percent of students taking an AP exam was 37.9% and 26.2% of students from the class of 2019 scored a 3 or higher. The national average scoring a 3 or higher is 23.9 percent. Read the complete news release.

Wisconsin AP State Scholars Announced

10/24/2019 - State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor congratulated Nikita Gonugunta and Suhaas Bhat of Marshfield Senior High School in the School District of Marshfield for being named Wisconsin's 2019 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.


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 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 .


2018 Advanced Placement Pacesetter Awards

The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) announced the 2018 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 2018 Advanced Placement Pacesetter Awards are:​


Level 1 Pacesetter Awards

Appleton Tesla Engineering Charter
Arrowhead High
Cedarburg High
Elmbrook Central High
Elmbrook East High
Grafton High
Hudson High
Kettle Moraine HS of Health Sciences
Kimberly High
Lodi High
Marshfield High
Menomonee Falls High
Mequon-Thiensville Homestead High
Mount Horeb High
New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High
New Berlin Middle/High
Nicolet High
Pewaukee High
Sun Prairie High
Viroqua Laurel High
Waunakee High
West De Pere High
Whitefish Bay High

Level 2 Pacesetter Awards

Appleton North High
Ashwaubenon High
Baraboo High
Belleville High
Burlington High
Central/Westosha Central High
Chippewa Falls High
De Forest High
De Pere High
Eau Claire Memorial High
Franklin High
Germantown High
Greendale High
Hamilton High
Jefferson High
Kenosha Lakeview Technology Academy
Kettle Moraine High
Kewaskum High
Kohler High
Madison Metropolitan East High
Madison Metropolitan Memorial High
Madison Metropolitan West High
McFarland High
Middleton High
Mukwonago High
Muskego High
Onalaska High
Oregon High
Pecatonica High
Platteville High
Port Washington High
Saint Croix Central High
Slinger High
Stevens Point Area Senior High
Stoughton High
Verona Area High
Waterford High
Watertown High
Wauwatosa East High
Wauwatosa West High
West Allis-West Milwaukee Nathan Hale
West Bend East High
West Bend West High

Level 3 Pacesetter Awards

Altoona High
Amery High
Appleton East High
Appleton West High
Appleton Fox Cities Leadership Academy
Baldwin-Woodville High
Beaver Dam High
Cambridge High
Chilton High
Columbus High
DC Everest High
DC Everest Jr High
Deerfield High
East Troy High
Eau Claire North High
Elkhart Lake High
Ellsworth High
Fennimore High
Fort Atkinson High
Frederic 6-12 School
Freedom High
Grantsburg High
Green Bay Preble High
Green Bay Southwest High
Hartford High
Holmen High
Howard-Suamico Bay Port High
Iowa-Grant High
Janesville Craig High
Kenosha Bradford High
Kenosha Indian Trail High
Kenosha Tremper High
Kettle Moraine Global School for Global Leadership and Innovation
Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance
La Crosse Logan High
Ladysmith High
Lake Geneva-Genoa City Badger High
Lake Mills High
Lakeland High
Luxemburg-Casco High
Manitowoc Licoln High
Menomonie High
Merrill High
Milton High
Monona Grove High
Monroe High
Neenah High
New Glarus High
New Holstein High
New Richmond High
Northern Ozaukee Ozaukee High
Northland Pines High
Omro High
Oostburg High
Osceola High
Oshkosh West High
Pardeeville High
Pepin High
Prentice High
Pulaski High
Reedsburg Area High
Richland Center High
River Falls High
River Valley High
Rosendale-Brandon Laconia High
Saint Croix Falls High
Sauk Prairie High
Seneca High
Shorewood High
Southern Door High
Stanley-Boyd High
Superior High
Tomahawk High
Tomorrow River Amherst High
Tri-County High
Union Grove High
Viroqua High
Waterloo High
Waukesha South High
Waukesha West High
Waupaca High
Wausau West High
Williams Bay High
Wilmot High
Wisconsin Dells High
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High
Wrightstown High

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