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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:  28

POLICY CODE:  IHCD

 

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

FROM:     Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:      September 28, 2006

RE:          Advanced Placement Coordinators’ Meeting

The Maine Department of Education will host an AP Coordinators’ Meeting on October 23, 2006 at Governor’s Restaurant in Waterville.  Registration will be from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and the meeting will be from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  The focus of this meeting will be on the College Board AP Course Audit.

The AP Course Audit was created at the request of secondary school and college members of the College Board who sought a means for the College Board to:

  1. provide teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements that must be in place for AP courses; and
  2. help colleges and universities better interpret secondary school courses marked as "AP" on students' transcripts.

All schools wishing to label a course "AP" in the 2007-08 school year must complete and return the subject-specific AP Course Audit form (available January 2007 through the AP Course Audit Web site), along with the course syllabus, for each teacher of that AP course. Within two months of submitting AP Course Audit materials, schools will receive authorization for qualifying courses to use the "AP" designation on student transcripts. Each fall, beginning November 2007, colleges and universities will receive a ledger of schools that lists the courses authorized to use the "AP" designation at each school. After participating in the initial AP Course Audit, schools will not have to submit AP Course Audit materials in following years unless the teacher has changed, the school offers a new AP course, or the curricular and resource requirements for a course undergo significant revision.

The AP Program unequivocally supports the principle that each individual school must develop its own curriculum for courses labeled "AP." Rather than mandating any one curriculum for AP courses, the AP Course Audit instead provides each AP teacher with a set of expectations that college and secondary school faculty nationwide have established for college-level courses. AP teachers are encouraged to develop or maintain their own curricula that either include or exceed each of these expectations; such courses will be authorized to use the "AP" designation. Credit for the success of AP courses belongs to the individual schools and teachers that create powerful, locally-designed AP curricula.

A representative from the College Board will be at this meeting to speak in great detail on the Course Audit.  Also, the following are other topics that will be discussed at the meeting:

  • The Advanced Placement Incentive Program
  • Opening Access to AP Courses

There will be no cost for school administrative units (SAUs) qualifying as 40% low-income, or for those participating in the National Governor’s Association Grant.  The cost for all other SAUs will be $25.00.  If you are unsure of your district’s eligibility, please call Nancy Lamontagne at the Department of Education.

Attached is the letter from the College Board dated July 2006 that was sent to all high school principals regarding the AP Course Audit.  Also attached is a registration form to be filled out and sent to Nancy Lamontagne by October 16, 2006.  If you have any further questions, please contact Nancy Lamontagne at 207-624-6822 or nancy.a.lamontagne@maine.gov.

 

Attachments:

Letter from the College Board

Registration form