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February 14, 2011
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Incentive Program – Funded Components for School Year 2010-2011
The Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) Incentive Program was enacted in 1995 by the 74th Texas Legislature to emphasize the state’s commitment to high academic performance. Through this initiative, AP/IB academic programs have expanded dramatically. In 2010, 311,282 AP and IB exams were taken by Texas public school students, approximately 99,834 of those by students with financial need. These numbers indicate a continuation of the steady growth in participation experienced in Texas over the past 15 years and can be attributed to the commitment of the Texas Legislature and Texas educators and students who strive to meet the demands offered by challenging academic programs. Funding allocated to the AP/IB Incentive Program by the 81st Texas Legislature will enable the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to continue to fund two of the following three components of the program.
Detailed instructions for completing the required applications for each component of the Incentive Program will be provided as they become available. District personnel with AP/IB program responsibilities should join the AP/IB Incentives Listserv by visiting http://miller.tea.state.tx.us/list/ in order to stay informed about program requirements and the latest incentive developments.
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. For more information about the program and the funded components, please visit the TEA Advanced Academics website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=3822 or contact Debbie Gonzales, Assistant Director of Advanced Academics, at (512) 463-9581 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.