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INFORMATIONAL LETTER # 56

POLICY CODE: IHCD 

 

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

FROM:       Susan A Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:        November 2, 2005

RE:             Advanced Placement (AP) Incentive Program Funds Available

The Maine Department of Education has received funding for the Advanced Placement Incentive Program (APIP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education for 2005-2006 year. The purpose of the grant continues to be 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 is a new application and reflects new requirements.  All incomplete applications will be returned!

Funds are available for professional development, materials to enhance AP instruction, test preparation materials, AP preparation, and new course development.  All of these activities are intended to support the increased participation of low-income students in AP experiences in schools with 40% or more low-income students.

Funds will be distributed to individual schools/teachers that can document that the students in the unit or in the K-8 feeder schools meet the 40% or more low-income criteria. However, all activities and workshops will be open to all schools at cost.  Districts that have not submitted deliverables for current or past projects will not be eligible for funds until grant expectations are met.  In addition, to be eligible to receive funds, at least 20% of the enrollment in a new AP class and at least 30% of the enrollment in an existing class must meet the income criteria.  All low-income students must take the AP exam.

Additional components of the statewide grant are as follows:

Funds are also available, through a separate process, to provide the full cost (after the College Board reduction and the waiver of the high school’s administrative portion) 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. 
  
Again, please note that this is a new grant for the Advanced Placement Incentive Program (APIP).

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 Nancy Lamontagne at 624-6822 or by email at nancy.a.lamontagne@maine.gov or Wanda Monthey at 624-6831 or by email at wanda.monthey@maine.gov

Enclosure:

Advanced Placement Incentive Program Application