The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has awarded $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands as part of its efforts to boost college-and career readiness for historically underserved students. The grants will help defray the costs of taking advanced placement tests for low-income students.
"We know that when students of all backgrounds are held to high expectations they excel. High school instruction needs to become more rigorous to foster college and career-readiness, and provide multiple pathways to success in order to prepare students for the 21st century global economy. Advanced Placement courses are helping schools meet this challenge by developing the study skills, critical reasoning, and habits of mind that prepare students for college. These grants eliminate some of the financial roadblocks for low-income students taking Advanced Placement courses, letting them take tests with the potential of earning college credit while in high school," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The grants are used to help pay for low-income students taking approved advanced placement tests administered by the College Board, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations. By subsidizing test fees for low-income students, the program is intended to encourage those students to take advanced placement tests and obtain college credit for high school courses, reducing the time and cost required to complete a postsecondary degree.
Levels of funding per state were determined on the basis of state estimates of the numbers of tests that would be taken by low-income students. From 2013 to 2014, the number of tests for low income students covered by the program increased by over 6 percent.
Based on the anticipated number of tests to be taken, the grants under the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program are expected to be sufficient to pay all but $18 of the cost of each advanced placement test taken by low-income students. States may opt to require students to pay a portion of the costs.
The Obama Administration's commitment to equity in education underlies nearly every significant activity of the Education Departmentfrom My Brother's Keeper to the proposed Race to the Top-Equity and Opportunity grant program, which would create incentives for states and school districts to drive comprehensive change in how they identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps.
The Advanced Placement Test Fee program is administered by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. For additional information on the program and these new awards, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/apfee/index.html.
Below is the list of 2014 Discretionary Grants for the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program:
|AK||State of Alaska Department of Education & Early Development||$26,843|
|AL||Alabama Department of Education||$40,034|
|AZ||Arizona Department of Education||$704,137|
|CA||California Department of Education||$10,736,965|
|CO||Colorado Department of Education||$455,128|
|CT||Connecticut State Department of Education||$293,444|
|DC||Office of the State Superintendent of Education||$141,334|
|DE||Delaware Department of Education||$97,841|
|HI||Hawaii State Department of Education||$104,030|
|IA||Iowa Department of Education||$59,823|
|ID||Idaho State Department of Education||$75,552|
|IL||Illinois State Board of Education||$2,224,219|
|IN||Indiana Department of Education||$474,939|
|KS||Kansas State Department of Education||$82,176|
|KY||Kentucky Department of Education||$464,887|
|LA||Louisiana Department of Education||$281,745|
|MA||Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education||$672,919|
|MD||Maryland State Department of Education||$635,077|
|ME||State of Maine, Department of Education||$83,961|
|MI||Michigan Department of Education||$639,367|
|MO||Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education||$188,048|
|MS||Mississippi Department of Education||$54,287|
|MT||Montana Office of Public Instruction||$4,604|
|NC||North Carolina Department of Public Instruction||$759,099|
|NE||Nebraska Department of Education||$5,331|
|NH||New Hampshire Department of Education||$30,399|
|NJ||New Jersey Department of Education||$585,366|
|NM||New Mexico Public Education Department||$46,240|
|NV||Nevada Department of Education||$435,616|
|NY||New York State Education Department||$2,643,454|
|OH||Ohio Department of Education||$349,518|
|OR||Oregon Department of Education||$198,258|
|PA||Pennsylvania Department of Education||$596,608|
|RI||Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education||$74,057|
|SD||South Dakota Department of Education||$7,513|
|TN||State of Tennessee||$67,516|
|TX||Texas Education Agency||$3,018,808|
|VA||Virginia Department of Education||$358,608|
|VI||Virgin Islands Department of Education||$16,745|
|VT||Vermont Agency of Education||$29,928|
|WA||Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction||$655,883|
|WV||West Virginia Department of Education||$62,693|
* The award amounts reflect the amounts needed to fund the spring 2014 exams and a portion of the spring 2015 exams for each state.