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Folsom Cordova USD |  BP  6141.5  Instruction

Advanced Placement   

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To encourage district students to challenge themselves academically, develop college-level skills, and be more competitive when applying for admission to postsecondary institutions, the Governing Board shall offer opportunities to high school students to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and pass AP examinations.

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 6172 - Gifted and Talented Student Program)

(cf. 6172.1 - Concurrent Enrollment in College Classes)

The Board desires to provide at least six Advanced Placement courses at each comprehensive high school. The Superintendent or designee shall recommend subject areas for Advanced Placement courses at each school based on student interest and the availability of qualified certificated staff, instructional materials, and other resources. The Superintendent or designee shall also explore alternative methods of delivering Advanced Placement courses, such as online courses or distance learning.

The Superintendent or designee may consult and collaborate with feeder schools to ensure that students are offered the opportunity to take coursework that will prepare them for AP courses.

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.11 - Alternative Credits Toward Graduation)

All students who meet course prerequisites shall have equal access to AP courses.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

Grades for AP courses shall be assigned in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

The Superintendent or designee shall make efforts to encourage students to participate in AP courses and to take end-of-course AP exams by creating support systems for AP students, such as resource centers and programs to recognize student accomplishments. In addition, the Superintendent or designee may explore partnerships with colleges and universities to help encourage students to pursue postsecondary education.

(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

To increase the capacity of district schools to offer AP courses, the Superintendent or designee shall provide staff development and support to teachers of such courses. This professional development may include, but is not limited to, opportunities for teachers to obtain information on the curriculum of specific courses, instructional methods, and data-driven decision making; mentoring for prospective teachers of AP courses; and opportunities for staff within the district to share course syllabi and practices.

(cf. 4111/4211/4311 - Recruitment and Selection)

(cf. 4113 - Assignment)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

The Board desires that every district AP course receive authorization to use the AP designation by the College Board. To that end, the Superintendent or designee shall coordinate the process for submitting courses for approval as part of the College Board AP course audit.

Examination Fee

To the extent feasible, the district shall reduce the cost of AP examination fees for eligible low-income students. The Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/guardians of the availability of funds for this purpose and shall provide information on how students may apply for funding.

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

52240-52243 Advanced Placement program

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

3840 Advanced Placement as program option for gifted and talented students

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

6534 Advanced Placement exam fee program

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

Advancement Via Individual Determination: http://www.avid.org

California Colleges.edu: http://californiacolleges.edu

California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov

College Board: http://www.collegeboard.org/ap

International Baccalaureate: http://www.ibo.org

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Policy FOLSOM CORDOVA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: October 20, 2011 Folsom, California

revised: September 18, 2014

revised: May 4, 2017