Higher ed — Money will lessen the cost of advanced placement tests for low-income students

On Aug. 12, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it was awarding a $198,258 grant to the Oregon Department of Education as part of the Advanced Placement Test Program.

The grant is part of the effort by the DOE administered through the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, to assist low-income students in taking advanced placement tests administered by the College Board (AP exams), the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB exams) and Cambridge International Examinations (CI exams).

“These grants eliminate some of the financial roadblocks for low-income students taking Advanced Placement courses,” Arne Duncan the DOE said in a statement.

AP, IB and CI exams allow students to potentially earn college credit while in high school, which in turn allows students to reduce the time and cost of completing a postsecondary degree in the future.

The amount of funding granted to each applying state was determined by the estimated number of tests which will be taken by low-income students.

The funding will allow for the state to pay for all but $18 of each advanced placement test taken by low-income students.

“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,” Duncan said. “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.”

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