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The Advanced Placement Program is a program that offers college level courses at high schools across the United States and Canada. Each May, participating Canadian, American, and some international educational institutions offer the Advanced Placement examinations, the natural focal point of the Advanced Placement program. ... The CollegeBoard offers several awards to students who take AP exams. ... The Advanced Placement Program, commonly known as Advanced Placement, or AP, is a United States and Canada-based program that offers high school students the opportunity to receive university credit for their work during high school. ... AP Biology is a course offered by the College Board to high school students in the United States to earn credit for a college-level biology course. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Advanced Placement Chemistry (or AP Chemistry) course and the corresponding exam offered by the College Board as a part of the Advanced Placement Program allows United States high school students to potentially earn college-level credit in chemistry. ... The Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture (commonly known as AP Chinese Language and Culture or AP Chinese) course is offered by the College Board as a part of the Advanced Placement Program. ... This college-level course is both a survey of the various forms of government found throughout the world and an in-depth study of specific governments and approaches to politics. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (or AP English Language and Composition or AP Lang ) is a course and examination offered by the College Board as part of the Advanced Placement Program. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... AP Environmental Science is for highly motivated students with interest in interdisciplinary science. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... This course is for foreign language students interested in college-level courses or gaining advanced college credit. ... This course is for foreign language students interested in college-level work or credit. ... Categories: | ... This college-level course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earths surface. ... Categories: | ... Categories: | ... This course prepares students for the AP Latin Literature test. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This course is for advanced students interested in college-level work in economics and/or gaining advanced standing in college. ... Categories: | ... AP Physics B is an advanced placement science course that is separated into five different sections of study: Newtonian Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Physics, Waves and Optics, and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. ... This article relates to the AP test. ... In collaboration with the College Board and with funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Security Education Program, an AP Russian Language and Culture course and exam is under development through the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR). ... The AP Spanish Language exam is part of the College Boards Advanced Placement Program. ... The AP Spanish Literature exam is part of the College Boards Advanced Placement Program. ... AP Statistics students engage in the exploratory analysis of data, using graphical and numerical techniques. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... AP United States Government and Politics is a college-level course offered through the College Boards Advanced Placement Program, which surveys the structure and function of American government and politics that begins with an analysis of the Constitution, the foundation of the American political system. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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History

The College Board, a non-profit organization[1] which has run the AP program since 1955,[2] develops and maintains college level courses in various subject areas. In addition, it supports teachers of AP courses, supports universities as they define their policies regarding AP grades, and develops and coordinates the administration of annual AP examinations.[3] These activities are funded through fees charged to students taking AP Exams. The College Board is a not-for-profit examination board in the United States that was formed in the nineteenth century as the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2006, over one million high school students took over two million AP examinations.[4] Many high schools in the United States offer AP courses[5], though the College Board allows any student to take the examination without participating in the course.[6] Therefore, home-schooled students and students from schools that do not offer AP courses have an equal opportunity to take the examination. Exams cost $84 each. In 2005, exams in the same category could be taken together and paid for only once.[citation needed] For example, both economics, or both physics, or both government exams could be taken for only for $82 per set (In 2006, the exam price was raised by one dollar, and in 2007 by another dollar.[citation needed] It should be noted that even though the exams cost $84, some schools raise the cost of the exam by almost $30 to cover proctor expenses,[citation needed] while others lower the cost of the exam with subsidies.)[citation needed] Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A young girl studying at home in a 1896 painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Scoring

AP tests are scored differently from the A-F grading scale common in the United States. They are scored on a numeric scale, 1 to 5, with a score of 3 considered passing and the following general meanings:

  • 5: Extremely well-qualified
  • 4: Well-qualified
  • 3: Qualified
  • 2: Possibly qualified
  • 1: No recommendation

These scorings are used by some colleges to exempt students from introductory coursework if they demonstrate mastery through an AP test. Each college's policy is different (see link below), but most accept scores of 4 or 5, and some accept scores of 3. On the student's college transcript, the course is given a simple CR or other generic grade to indicate that the student has received credit for the course, although some colleges and universities will award an A grade for a 5 score.


In some high schools with an exam exemption policy, an AP Exam can be taken in place of the school's final exam and the final grade given to the student in that case is the final quarter/semester grade without the exam. The AP exam is rarely used as a course grade because the AP exam scores are not released until mid-July, well after the end of that academic semester.


Exam subsidies

Recognizing that the $83 cost could be an impediment to students of limited means, a number of states and municipalities independent of the College Board have partially or fully subsidized the cost. For example, the Los Angeles Unified School District currently allows Advanced Placement students who enroll in the free school lunch program to take AP exams at the cost of $5. In addition, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (C.M.S), Collier County Public Schools, Williamsburg/James City County Public Schools, the School District of Philadelphia, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Broward County Public Schools, Palm Beach County Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools, Prince William County Public Schools, Garland Independent School District, Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, Arlington Public Schools, Jackson Public School District, Sarasota County Public Schools, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and Little Rock School District offer free tests to all students enrolled in any Advanced Placement class. The College Board is a not-for-profit examination board in the United States that was formed in the nineteenth century as the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). ... The Los Angeles Unified School District (the LAUSD) is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. ... Location Charlotte, North Carolina Superintendent Dr. Peter Gorman Total Enrollment 121,640 (2004-05) 2004-2005 Budget $889,268,744 Website CMS |} Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (abbreviated CMS) is a local education agency headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Location Collier County, Florida Phone Number (239) 377-0001 Superintendent Mr. ... The Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (locally known also as WJCC) is a combined public school system which serves the independent city of Williamsburg and James City County in the Virginia Peninsula area of the Hampton Roads region in southeastern Virginia. ... School District of Philadelphia logo The School District of Philadelphia is a school district based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that includes all public schools in the city of Philadelphia. ... Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is a public school district serving Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... The Broward School District, also known as Broward County Public Schools, in Broward County, Florida claims to be the largest fully-accredited school district in the US, and is the fifth-largest overall. ... The Fairfax County Public Schools system (abbreviated FCPS) is a branch of the Fairfax County government which administers public schools in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. ... Location Ashburn, VA Phone Number (571) 252-1000 Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick School Board Chairman Robert F. DuPree, Jr. ... Prince William County Public Schools is a school division in Virginia. ... Garland Independent School District is a school district based in Garland, Texas (USA). ... Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District is a K-12 public school district in the Fort Worth, TX area. ... Arlington Public Schools is a school district that serves Arlington County, Virginia. ... The Jackson Public School District is a public school district based in Jackson, Mississippi (USA). ... Sarasota County Public Schools is a public school district serving all of Sarasota County,Florida. ... The Department of Defense Dependents Schools (usually shortened to just DoDDS) is a network of schools, both primary and secondary, that serve dependents of United States military- and other non-US - personnel. ... The Little Rock School District is a school district in Little Rock, Arkansas. ...


See also

Educational oversight Secretary Deputy Secretary U.S. Department of Education Margaret Spellings Raymond Simon National education budget $1. ... Education in Canada is provided, funded and overseen by federal, provincial, and local governments. ... The CollegeBoard offers several awards to students who take AP exams. ...

Notes

  1. ^ About the College Board
  2. ^ The History of the AP Program
  3. ^ The Advanced Placement Program
  4. ^ Program Summary Report 2006
  5. ^ AP Fact Sheet
  6. ^ AP: Frequently Asked Questions

References

  • AP Research Technical Manual - Can be accessed only through The College Board's website for AP professionals

External links


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Advanced Placement Program - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (707 words)
The Advanced Placement Program, commonly known as Advanced Placement, or AP, is a United States and Canada-based program that offers high school students the opportunity to receive university credit for their work during high school, as well as a standard measure of achievement in a particular course.
The not-for-profit College Board, which has run the program since 1955, develops and maintains courses in various subject areas, supports those who teach the courses, supports universities as they define their policies related to AP grades, and develops and coordinates the administration of annual AP examinations.
For example, the LAUSD currently provides Advanced Placement to students who enrolled in the free school lunch program to take AP exams at the cost of $5.
ADVANCED COLLEGE PLACEMENT PROGRAM (531 words)
The district will provide advanced placement course offerings in each high school where an adequate number of academically talented students are enrolled to support the courses.
Students successfully completing advanced placement requirements will receive advance placement credit in post-secondary public colleges in South Carolina in the manner specified by the commission on higher education in conjunction with the South Carolina State Board of Education.
Each teacher of an advanced placement course shall have completed the appropriate advanced placement training program funded and coordinated by the state department of education and verified by the appropriate participating South Carolina college or university.
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