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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:         January 2, 2003


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 (APIP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a third year. The purpose of the grant is to increase the involvement of low-income students in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and examinations.  The new grant application is attached.  Please be advised that the application has been revised from the 2001-2002 application and that incomplete applications will be returned!


Funds are available for professional development, materials to enhance AP instruction, online courses for low-income students, and new course development.  Due to limited funds and increased demand for these funds, please note that awards will generally range from $500 to $2000 per teacher.  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 first or second year AP teachers in the areas of English Language, English Literature, US History, Biology, Calculus AB and Chemistry. 


The National Center for Student Aspirations is a partner in this effort as well, and plays 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.

To be eligible to receive funds, 20% of the enrollment in a new AP class must meet the income criteria, or enrollment of low-income students in an existing AP class must increase by 20% from 2001-2002.  In addition, funds are available 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.  These costs will be paid directly to the College Board based on the students identified by the school for the College Board fee reduction.  Activities related to classes planned for 2003-2004 for which funds are requested must include students who meet the low-income criteria.


Again, please note changes in the revised application for the third year of the APIP grant. 


Thank you for your efforts to seek out these underachieving low-income students and for providing them with an opportunity to participate in a challenging AP program.  Students who participate in rigorous courses are known to complete college at a higher rate than those who have not participated in AP classes.


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