Advanced Placement History in the State of Washington
2008-2015 College Readiness Initiative
2005 Rural Initiative
- Initiative targeting rural school districts and schools with Free and Reduced lunch rate of 40% or greater
- Funds are to be used to develop Pre-AP and AP program development, Vertical Teaming, and Staff Development
- Three Year Budget: $1,304,674
- Served 26 schools and 2 consortiums (12 schools)
- Three year grant covering 2005-2008
2003 Pre-AP: Building the Foundation
- Shift to ESEA Title I, Part G (under NCLB) specifically targeting schools with Free and Reduced lunch rate of 40% or greater.
- Federal funds used to emphasize Pre-AP development
- Washington’s proposal was unique in its definition of "project"—project defined as a high school and one or two of its feeder middle schools
- "Project" captures flow of students through their schooling, rather than traditional funding unit such as "school", "district" or type of student.
- Three Year Budget: $1,744,779
- 40 projects (serving 87 schools) received $10,000 for each of the three years.
- Grant is closed—Three year grant covered 2003-2006.
2001 Technology Innovation Challenge Grants
- Federal funds were used to partner with APEX Learning to demonstrate new technological applications to support pre-AP and AP opportunities in schools.
- Two Year Budget: $850,000
- Funds expended over two-year time frame
- Grant is closed—Two year grant covered 2001-2002
2000 Project: Consortium with Alaska
- Under the Post Secondary Education Act, Congress created the Advanced
Placement Incentive Program—Washington was one of the 13 entities to be granted
- Federal funds were used to build an awareness of AP by providing financial
support to increase course offerings available to students
- Three Year Budget: $2,252,100
- 126 awards ranging from $5,000 to $14,000 to local schools and districts
over three-year time period
- Grant is closed—Three year grant covered 2000-2003
1999 AP Fee Reduction Program Begins
Prior to 1999 there was not a presence of AP in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. All advanced placement opportunities were carried out between The College Board and individual schools/school districts.
- In 1999, Federal government created the Advanced Placement Fee Reduction Program, a new equity-based program
- Reduced the cost of Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate
(IB) exam fees for low income students
- Districts applied for three years of funding but in 2006, the grant rules
changed to submitting applications annually