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200 schools eligible to receive funding for AP courses

April 17, 2012 |  6:54 pm

About 200 California public schools, including 30 in Los Angeles County, will be eligible to receive funding for additional AP courses through an initiative announced Tuesday.

The pilot program, created by the College Board, which administers the AP exams, will provide funding for the next three years to schools that currently offer fewer than eight AP courses but have many students with strong AP potential.

Should the schools choose to participate in the program, the College Board will also pay for teachers to attend AP training courses, and schools will receive funding for textbooks and other materials.

The exact cost of the initiative is not clear because it depends on how many of the schools choose to participate and which courses they offer, said Leslie Sepuka, a College Board spokeswoman.

Through analysis of the state's high school students' 2011 preliminary SAT test scores, the College Board estimates that more than 168,000 students have the potential to do well in at least one AP course but attend schools that do not offer those courses.

"This pilot is an attempt to help these students access the AP course for which they have the highest likelihood of success," Trevor Packer, senior vice president for Advanced Placement and College Readiness at the College Board, said in a statement.

State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a statement that given the dire budget situation in California, the state is fortunate to be able to receive funds that give students access to AP course work "where they will learn how to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue -- all skills that prepare students for success in college and beyond."

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