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Advanced Placement

News Release! State AP Scores and Participation Rate Rise Again

The Advanced Placement (AP) program allows students to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. Students may earn college credit and/or advanced placement into upper-level college courses by taking AP exams. Many colleges and universities recognize AP courses when making admissions decisions.

AP Basics
Advanced Placement Brochure
Find an overview of the program, course list, who to contact and more. Here’s a short history of AP in Washington State (PDF).

AP Test Scores and College Credit
AP exam scores of three or higher can count toward elective or general education credit at most Washington public colleges and universities. Find out how AP test scores translate into possible credits.

AP/IB Test Fee Program
Test fees are reduced for qualifying low-income students — eligible for advanced placement testing offered through the College Board, International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge Capstone Program.

New! Based on the amount of federal funding available, the cost per AP Exam for low-income students is $15.

College Board
The College Board helps students access post-secondary education and make the transition from high school to college.
AP for Students ǀ You Can Go ǀ Webinar series for parents ǀ AP Course Ledger
AP for Education Professionals ǀ AP Central

Start an AP Program or Course
Program Essentials for Schools
Smart suggestions for educators who want to launch an AP program in their school.

How to Start an AP Course
From the College Board — seven steps from course selection to launch.

Research Makes the Case for AP
U.S. Department of Education published a series of reports by Clifford Adelman Senior Research Analyst. We highlight two that speak to the value of academic rigor in high school.

Predictors of Success in College
One of the many remarkable findings in this 1999 report: “The impact of a high school curriculum of high academic intensity and quality on degree completion is far more pronounced—and positively—for African-American and Latino students than any other pre-college indicator of academic resources.”

Paths to Degree Completion from High School Through College
The sequel to Predictors of Success in College, this 2006 report affirms many of the original findings and expands on their validity. As above — “The academic intensity of the student’s high school curriculum still counts more than anything else in pre-collegiate history in providing momentum toward completing a bachelor’s degree.”


   Updated 4/12/2016

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