Advanced Placement History in the State of Washington
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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 an award
  • 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


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