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.
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.
The College Board helps students access post-secondary education and
make the transition from high school to college.
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AP Course Ledger
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Program Essentials for
Smart suggestions for educators who want to launch an AP program in
How to Start an AP Course
From the College Board — seven steps from course selection to launch.
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.”