This spring, the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) designated over 100 high schools in the state as Pacesetter Schools. These schools were recognized for increasing the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses, at the same time maintaining excellent AP exam scores.
The Pacesetter Awards are unique to Wisconsin and are designed to recognize the work many high schools are doing to make Advanced Placement courses available to more students. The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council includes secondary educators from across the state, as well as university faculty and regional and state educational agency staff.
Another initiative of the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) is the Regional Reader, written to share information, news, and trends about the AP program with educators, families, and students. The 2014 spring edition of the Reader includes articles on the following topics:
- Pacesetter School Awards
- New AP Computer Science Principles course
- Interviews with school leaders from Mauston High School and Plymouth High School
- 2013 AP Honor Roll for Wisconsin Schools
Click here to access a copy of the Regional Reader.
Register Now for 2014 Fall AP Counselor Workshops
Register now for Fall AP Counselor workshops. These free face-to-face events bring you the latest updates regarding College Board programs, initiatives, tools, and resources to help students prepare for college and career success. Online workshops are also available.
One face-to-face workshop will be held at the University of Wisconsin Pyle Center in Madison on October 1, beginning at 9:00 am. A second face-to-face workshop will be held at Marquette University in Milwaukee on October 6, also beginning at 9:00 am.
Click here for more information and to register for these face-to-face meetings or for an online webinar.
Wisconsin 2013 AP State Scholars Announced
Each year the College Board recognizes the top male and female students in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for their performance on Advanced Placement (AP) Exams. This year's AP State Scholars from Wisconsin are Jennifer Kaiser, a graduate of Marshfield High School, and Nikil Prasad, a graduate of Brookfield Central High School. Students are selected for this award for having the greatest number of scores of three or higher on AP exams and the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP exams they have taken. This is the 23rd year that the College Board has recognized State AP Scholars. Click here to view the State Superintendent's complete news release.
AP and IB Test Fees for Low-Income Students
Wisconsin public school districts are responsible by law to pay AP and IB exam fees for students that qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. This requirement is found in Wis. Stat. sec. 120.12(22). The full text follows:
Wis. Stat. sec. 120.12(22) Advanced Placement Examinations. Using federal, state, local, or private funds, pay the costs of advanced placement examinations taken by pupils enrolled in the school district who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in the federal school lunch program under 42 USC 1758.
For AP exams, the amount is a reduced fee. In 2014, AP exams will cost $89 and the College Board will provide a fee reduction for these students. The amount has not yet been determined. The school forgoes its $8 rebate for the exam. There is no maximum number of exams that the student can take.
For IB, there is no reduced fee, so the school district is responsible for the full cost.