Advanced Placement (AP)

UW-Madison Advanced Placement Summer Institute

Registration for the 2015 UW-Madison Advanced Placement Summer Institute to be held June 22-26 is now open. Course offerings for this year include:

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB & BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • US Government
  • US History

Click here to register.

Pacesetter Awards

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.

Regional Reader
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.

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 2015, AP exams will cost $91 and the College Board will provide a $29 fee reduction for students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The school forgoes its $9 rebate for the exam. There is no limit to the number of exams that students can take.

For IB, there is no reduced fee, so the school district is responsible for the full cost.


For questions about this information, contact Chrystyna Mursky (608) 267-9273
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