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Delving into advanced placement

District 31 Update
By Rep. Karen Rohr

In a previous update, I mentioned that I serve on the Interim Education Funding Committee. On June 2 and 3, we met jointly with the Higher Education Funding Committee in Grand Forks. On day two, we heard a report from DPI regarding the availability, delivery and cost of providing dual credit and advanced placement courses in N.D.

As you recall, in July, I reported on the dual credit courses available in N.D. This update will cover Part II. I will provide you with the definitions, enrollment requirements, course availability and resources for additional information on advanced placement courses. I also thought it would be of interest to report the 2013 and 2014 data on the number of students in grades 10 through 12, from District 31, enrolled in advanced placement courses.

Advanced Placement
Advanced placement programs have been available in N.D. schools for many years. Under the AP program, a student enrolls in a course designated as advanced placement while in high school. These courses contain more rigorous college level content.

Students who complete the AP course, and are successful on the AP exam, are eligible to receive college credit for the course. The committee was informed that AP courses are less prevalent than dual credit courses and tend to take place in the larger school districts. Go to www.ndcde.org for additional information on AP courses available in N.D.

Advanced Placement Data
DPI reported that in 2013, 40 N.D. high schools offered AP coursework, and a total of 5,411 students enrolled in one or more AP courses.

In 2014, 36 high schools offered AP courses, and a total of 5,502 students were enrolled in AP courses. The breakdown for students enrolled in one or more AP courses in grades 10, 11 and 12 for 2013 were 436, 1,870, and 3,105, and in 2014, 398, 2,158 and 2,946 students; respectively. For the past two years, Public Schools that offered AP courses for District 31 students are Mandan High School and Solen High School.

In 2013 and 2014, for grades 10, 11 and 12, the number of students enrolled in one or more AP courses at Mandan High School were 0, 129, 37 and 0, 93, 9, respectively; Solen High School 0, 0, 0 and 0, 0, 1 students, respectively.

Advanced Placement Costs
Students who take the AP exam are required to pay a test fee of approximately $89. However, there is a Fee Reduction Program available for qualified students. Under this program qualified students pay $61.

N.D. Academic Scholarship
It was brought to our attention that N.D. students are required to complete either AP or Dual Credit courses in order to qualify for the N.D. Academic Scholarship. For more detailed information regarding the N.D. Academic Scholarship go to www.dpi.state.nd.us/resource/act/info_scholarship_2014.pdf.

In conclusion, I hope you find this information helpful. For further information regarding AP opportunities within your community, other resources you may contact are your local school counselor, school principal and the N.D. DPI. As always, feel free to contact me at kmrohr@nd.gov and have a great week.