THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate
Incentive Program - Funded Components for School Year 2002-03
The Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB)
Incentive Program was enacted to emphasize high academic performance.
The Incentive Program has given access to AP/IB to over 98%
of Texas students. Over the past eight years the number of students
who participate in AP and IB has more than doubled to over 70,000.
In 2002, over 128,000 exams were taken by Texas public school
students. The number of examinations taken by students with
financial need increased from less than 3,000 in 1994 to over
20,000 in 2002. This growth is due to additional state funding
and to the commitment of Texas educators and students who strive
to meet the demands offered by challenging academic programs.
Because of the increased funding allocated to AP/IB by the
77th Texas Legislature, 2001, the agency was able to fund more
components of the AP/IB program last school year. Those same
components will be funded in the 2002-2003 school year and are
listed below. Additional information on each of the components
will be sent to districts throughout the year and also will
be posted on the agency’s web page at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/gted.
• The agency will assume $30 of the cost of every AP/IB examination
taken by eligible Texas high school students. This means that
rather than charging Texas students $80 for an AP examination,
College Board will charge Texas students $50 per examination.
International Baccalaureate examinations cost $53, and will
be covered in the program as well, with the cost of an examination
being no more than $23. To be eligible for this component, students
must have taken a PEIMS-designated AP/IB course or be recommended
by their principal to take the exam. As a reminder, the Texas
Education Agency pays the College Board and International Baccalaureate
directly for the $30 per examination fee reduction. This money
should not be collected from the student.
• Students with financial need will receive further federal
and state fee reductions. Students who meet the College Board
criteria for financial need are eligible for further AP exam
fee reductions. In the case of the AP examinations, students
with financial need will receive a $22 reduction from College
Board and the $8 administrative fee is waived. TEA will pay
an additional $15 for each exam taken by a student who qualifies
for the College Board fee reduction. This waiver, plus the $30
reduction on all Texas examinations and the $22 College Board
fee reduction, means that students who are eligible for the
additional fee waivers will pay $5 per AP examination taken.
This same amount is charged to students with financial need
who take an IB examination.
• Teacher training stipends of up to $450 will be available
for high school teachers in grades 9-12 for AP/IB approved workshops.
As in the past, AP five-day summer institutes and IB teacher
training workshops and summer programs will be reimbursed up
to $450 for tuition and per diem, the only requirement is for
the teacher to teach an AP/IB or Pre-AP/IB course the following
school year. The summer institute must be one that is approved
by the Southwestern Regional Office of the College Board.
• Campuses will receive recognition for high student performance.
To recognize the added efforts campuses must make to offer successful
advanced level courses, the AP/IB legislation awards campuses
a financial bonus for each student who scores three and above
on the AP examination or four and above on an IB examination.
Last year each campus received $100 per student who scored successfully
on one or more AP/IB exams. In 2002 high school campuses were
awarded $3.5 million. We anticipate being able to award the
same amount per student during the 2002-2003 school year.
The commitment to educational excellence by Texas educators
and students is evident in the growth and success of the AP/IB
Program and we hope that the funding of these components strengthens
programs even further. Should you like more information on the
program and the funded components, please visit the TEA website
or call the Division of Advanced Academic Services at 512/463-9455.
Paul Cruz, Ph.D.
Dropout Prevention and Initiatives