Thursday, August 9, 2012

NC Receives Grant to Cover AP Test Fees for Low-Income Students

On August 8, 2012, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) notified school districts across the state that every eligible North Carolina high school student taking an Advanced Placement (AP) exam this year will have his/her test fees covered.

NCDPI will receive more than $800,000 to cover the cost of exams during the 2012-13 school year as part of the Federal AP Test Fee Program, which is authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title I Part G.

Dr. Rodney Trice, associate superintendent for student and school services and equity oversight, stated his office would work to share this information with students, families and high school guidance counselors once the state releases more information about how to apply for the federal funds.

In 2011, 30 percent of the state's high school seniors took at least one AP exam.  A total of 15,496 students or 18.4 percent of the class of 2011 earned a 3 or better on an AP exam.

Students and parents are encouraged to visit the College Board website for more information about the AP program.

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