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


FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:             August 11, 2001


RE:                   Advanced Placement (AP) Incentive Program Funds Available


We are pleased to announce that the Maine Department of Education has received

continued funding for the Advanced Placement Incentive Program grant from the U.S.

Department of Education for a second year. The purpose of the grant is to increase the

involvement of low-income students in Advanced Placement courses and examinations.

The new grant application is attached.  Please be advised that the application has been

revised from the 2000-2001 application.


Funds are 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 in the areas of English Literature, US History, Biology, and Calculus AB. 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.


In addition, 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.  A separate application will be mailed in February, 2002.


Please note changes in the revised application for this second year of the APIP grant. Thank you for your efforts to seek out these underachieving low-income students

and providing them with an opportunity to participate in a challenging AP program.


If you have any questions, please contact Wanda Monthey at 624-6831 or