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


FROM:             J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:             March 11, 2002


RE:                  “AP Potential”


Studies have shown that student performance on the PSAT/NMSQT can be useful in identifying additional students who may be successful in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  The Maine Department of Education is providing you with a new Internet-based means of identifying academically promising young people as potential candidates for participation in Advanced Placement courses.


This College Board service is called “AP Potential.”  Accessing it through your school’s Username and Password provides you with information that will help you and your colleagues to:

·         identify, through a research-based method, a pool of prospective students for your Advanced Placement or other advanced level course offerings;

·         identify additional Advanced Placement courses to offer; and

·         motivate students to higher-level courses through early identification.


Please note that the “AP Potential” information is not intended to be used as the only criterion for selection of students to enter an AP course.  The results should be used in conjunction with the following, to identify more students who can potentially benefit from AP courses and be successful in them:

·         self-nomination;

·         teacher recommendations;

·         previous courses completed;

·         grades in relevant previous high school courses;

·         discussions with students and their parents; and

·         performance on achievement tests.


Also, the information should never be used as a means of denying student participation in challenging courses.  A complete report on interpreting the data, College Board Research Report No. 98-4, is available on the College Board’s research library website at  A flyer on the “AP Potential” is attached but the charge for “AP Potential” is being covered by the Maine Department of Education through the Advanced Placement Incentive Program funded by the US Department of Education.

We know your school will enjoy your AP Potential experience and that your students will benefit from its use.  We encourage your school to begin using it at this time in academic counseling, curriculum planning and professional development participation for the 2002-2003 academic year.


To access “AP Potential,” you will need the Username and Password assigned to your school.  Your school’s Username is your six-digit high school code number.  To obtain your Password, please call Wanda Monthey at 624-6831 or Nancy Lamontagne  at 624-6822.  Passwords will be distributed only to the Director of  Guidance or the Principal.