Students and parents will pay only 25 percent of the AP exam fee
Contact: Haley Miller (336) 370-3200
Created: 8/13/2009 5:20:17 PM
With budget reductions forcing Guilford County Schools (GCS) to begin
sharing the cost of Advanced Placement (AP) exams with parents, a local
organization is stepping in to help cover some of the cost. In the
past, GCS has paid for all students to take AP exams, which costs $86
per test. The Guilford County Board of Education approved Tuesday a
plan to share the cost with parents and Businesses for Excellence in
Education (BEE). With the partnership, GCS and BEE will pay for 75
percent of the exam, while parents will pay the remaining $21.50.
Students who are on free and reduced lunch will continue to take the
exam for free, as their exams are paid for by the College Board and the
N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
are extremely excited that Businesses for Excellence in Education has
stepped in to help pay for these exams," said Barbara Zwadyk, chief
curriculum and organizational development officer for GCS. The funding
will allow GCS to move forward with important strategic plan
initiatives. "As a district, we are mindful of our strategic plan goals
to increase participation and scores by six percentage points in each
area," Zwadyk said. BEE is an Action Greensboro initiative dedicated to
public education and, in particular, raising student performance,
closing the achievement gap, promoting excellence in education and
enhancing teacher quality.
"With this new
partnership, Businesses for Excellence in Education moves forward our
commitment to promote excellence in the schools," said Harris,
executive director of Action Greensboro. "Advanced Placement exams
prepare students to master in depth content at the college level.
Students also acquire sophisticated academic skills and increased
self-confidence in preparation for college. We are very pleased to
assist with this initiative."
With this change,
while students will not be required to take the AP tests, the
expectation to test remains. Students will be granted the AP quality
point as earned in the course, and a teacher-created final exam will be
administered and be weighted 25 percent of the final average.
district will operate under open enrollment in AP courses and will
strengthen efforts to encourage and schedule all students in at least
one AP course during their high school years. The district will
determine students' potential in AP courses using data from 10th grade
PSAT scores and End-of-Grade scores.
GCS continued to show an increase in the number of AP exams given and
in the number of students taking AP exams. The number of AP exams taken
in GCS increased 7.6 percent from the previous year.