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TO: Superintendents, High School Principals, Headmasters, Guidance Counselors, AP Coordinators, and AP Teachers

FROM: J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner

DATE: July 14, 2000

RE: Advanced Placement (AP) Incentive Program Funds Available

We are pleased to announce that the Maine Department of Education has been awarded an Advanced Placement Incentive Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $532,000 to increase the involvement of low-income students in Advanced Placement courses and examinations. A description of the components of the grant is attached.

Because of the need for students to have access to programs in September 2000 and for the entire 2000-2001 school year, we are moving quickly to make these funds available to schools. An introductory meeting will be held on August 3, 2000 at the Augusta Civic Center to orient all of the parties to which this letter is addressed to the components of the grant and the process for accessing the funds. The meeting will be held in the Kennebec Room with registration beginning at 8:30. We will end by 3:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Funds will be available this coming school year to provide for the full cost (after the College Board reduction) of the AP exams for low-income students IF the district does not currently provide for the costs for students. Funds are also available for professional development, materials to enhance AP instruction, test preparation materials, online courses for low-income students, and new course development. All of these activities are intended to support the increased participation of low-income students in AP experiences. In addition, the College Board will provide a mentoring program for new or recently new AP teachers. The National Center for Student Aspirations will be a partner in this effort as well, and will play a key role in improving the culture in which students make decisions about AP participation as well as enhancing teacher understanding of factors affecting participation of low-income students.


Applications will be provided at the meeting and mailed to those who cannot attend. Funds will be distributed for individual projects that meet the criteria of low-income student participation on a first come basis.

Please complete the registration form below and return BY JULY 28 to: Wanda Monthey, Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. Fax 287-5927

If you have any questions please contact Wanda at 287-5960 or at




AUGUST 3, 2000, 8:30 TO 3:00




NAME(S): _______________________________________________





SCHOOL: _______________________________________________

DISTRICT: _______________________________________________

ADDRESS: _______________________________________________

CONTACT: _______________________________________________

PHONE: ____________________

EMAIL: _______________________________________________


RETURN BY July 27, 2000 TO:

Wanda Monthey

Department of Education

23 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333

Fax 287-5927