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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 Summer Institute Scholarships for Teachers

The College Board offers a variety of scholarships for teachers who want to attend an AP Summer Institute. They include the AP Fellows Program, the AP Rural Fellows Program, the AP new Resources Scholarship, and the AP AP Capstone Scholarship. More information about these opportunities can be found at AP Summer Institute Scholarships

UW-Madison AP Summer Institute

More information about UW-Madison's AP Summer Institute can be found at UW-Madison APSI

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 22,965 graduates in the class of 2018 who took 71,238 AP exams while in high school. That’s an increase of 1055 graduates and 4,578 exams from the prior year’s graduating class. 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 2018-19 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

Arrowhead High
Belleville High
Cedarburg High
Central High
East High
Eisenhower Middle/High School
Grafton High
High School of Health Sciences
Homestead High
Hudson High
Kimberly High
Marshfield High
Menomonee Falls High
Muskego High
Nicolet High
Sun Prairie High
Waunakee High

Level 2 Pacesetter Awards

Ashwaubenon High
Burlington High
Chippewa Falls High
DC Everest High
De Forest High
De Pere High
East High
East High
Franklin High
Germantown High
Greendale High
Hamilton High
Hartford High
Jefferson High
Kettle Moraine High
Kohler High
Lakeview Technology Academy
Laurel High
McFarland High
Memorial High
Memorial High
Middleton High
Mount Horeb High
Mukwonago High
New Berlin Middle/High School
North High
North High
Onalaska High
Pewaukee High
Platteville High
Port Washington High
Saint Croix Central High
Slinger High
Stevens Point Area Senior High
Superior High
Tesla Engineering Charter School
Verona Area High
Waterford High
Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy
West De Pere High
West High
West High
Whitefish Bay High

Level 3 Pacesetter Awards

Altoona High
Amery High
Amherst High
Badger High
Baldwin-Woodville High
Baraboo High School
Barneveld High
Bay Port High
Beaver Dam High
Bradford High
Cambridge High
Campbellsport High
Chequamegon High
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High
Chilton High
Columbus High
Craig High
DC Everest Jr High
East High
East High
East Troy High
Elkhart Lake High
Elkhorn Area High
Evansville High
Fennimore High
Fort Atkinson High
Fox Cities Leadership Academy
Freedom High
Galesville-Ettrick-Trempeleau High
Highland Community
Holmen High
Hortonville High
Indian Trail High School and Academy
Kettle Moraine Global School for Global Leadership and Innovation
LaFollette High
Lake Mills High
Lakeland High
Lincoln High
Lincoln High
Little Chute Career Pathways Charter
Lodi High
Luxemburg-Casco High
Menomonie High
Milton High
Monona Grove High
Monroe High
Neenah High
New Glarus High
New Richmond High
Northland Pines High
Oostburg High
Oregon High
Osceola High
Pardeeville High
Pepin High
Preble High
Pulaski High
Reedsburg Area High
Renaissance School
Richland Center High
River Falls High
River Valley High
Saint Croix Falls High
Sauk Prairie High
School for Arts and Performance
Sevastopol High
Sheboygan Falls High
Shorewood High
Somerset High
South High
Southwest High
Stanley-Boyd High
Stoughton High
Tomahawk High
Turtle Lake High
Union Grove High
Viroqua High
Waterloo High
Watertown High
West High
West High
West High
West High
Whitewater High
Williams Bay High
Wilmont High
Wisconsin Dells High
Wisconsin Heights High                        

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