Advanced Placement: Collaboration on AP between K-12 and higher education systems

Advanced Placement: Collaboration on AP between K-12 and higher education systems

This data point identifies states in which policy mandates or encourages K-12 and higher education entities to collaborate in the development of AP curricula and/or teacher training.

  • Eleven states require collaboration at the state or local level between K-12 and higher education entities in the offering of AP courses or teacher training.
This information was collected from statutes and state board regulations and was fully updated in 2016. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303.299.3689 or with questions regarding state policies on this issue.


Collaboration on AP between K-12 and higher education systems
Alabama No
Alaska No
Arizona No
Arkansas Yes. Statute establishes the Arkansas Council on Postsecondary and Career Readiness, which includes representatives of K-12 and higher education. One of the charges to the council is to support college and career readiness standards that promote accelerated learning opportunities, including AP.

In addition, any public school, education service cooperative, or institution of higher education is authorized to enter into one or more interlocal agreements through which they collaborate to improve public school performance and academic achievement. Each interlocal agreement must establish an education renewal zone. The partners within a specific education renewal zone must develop a strategic plan that provides for enhancement and expansion of local curricular offerings through the use of two-way interactive television to include AP, dual-credit, and advanced high school courses.
California Yes. Statute requests the Regents of the University of California to develop the High School Mathematics Professional Development Institutes jointly with the Trustees of California State University and the independent colleges and universities. The institutes must provide research-based instruction in the teaching of mathematics, and that includes instruction that will enhance the ability of teachers to prepare students for AP and college coursework.
Colorado No
Connecticut No
Delaware No
District of Columbia No
Florida Yes. Statute directs the levels of postsecondary education to collaborate in further developing and providing articulated programs in which students can proceed toward their educational objectives as rapidly as their circumstances permit. Time-shortened programs, as well as the use of acceleration mechanisms, must include AP.
Georgia No
Hawaii No
Idaho No
Illinois No
Indiana Yes. The state board may approve AP courses offered by a state educational institution in collaboration with a school corporation if the institution and school corporation demonstrate to the state board that the particular AP course satisfies the objectives of AP statutes.

In addition, statute directs the department of education and the commission for higher education to work with each state educational institution on implementing and communicating the state educational institution's policy for awarding AP credits for minimum scores.
Iowa No
Kansas No
Kentucky Yes. Statute directs the department of education, upon receipt of adequate federal funding, to:
  • Offer AP teacher training either through the Kentucky Virtual High School or in conjunction with the council on postsecondary education through the Kentucky Virtual University
  • Identify, in conjunction with the council on postsecondary education, resources at the secondary and postsecondary levels that can be directed toward AP.
Louisiana No
Maine No
Maryland No
Massachusetts No
Michigan No
Minnesota No
Mississippi No
Missouri No
Montana Yes. Statute governing the Montana Educational Telecommunications Network directs the superintendent of public instruction to coordinate with the commissioner of higher education and the units of the Montana university system to offer AP courses.
Nebraska No
Nevada No
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No
New Mexico No
New York No
North Carolina No
North Dakota No
Ohio No
Oklahoma No
Oregon No
Pennsylvania No
Rhode Island Yes. Subject to appropriation, the state board of governors for higher education and the state board of regents for elementary and secondary education must work jointly to establish clear, specific, and challenging training guidelines that require Advanced Placement teachers to obtain recognized Advanced Placement training endorsed by the College Board.
South Carolina No
South Dakota No
Tennessee Yes. The consortium for cooperative innovative education is comprised of the chancellor of the board of regents, the president of the University of Tennessee system, the executive director of the Tennessee higher education commission, the executive director of the state board of education, and the commissioner of education (or the designees of any of these). One of the charges to the consortium is the creation of marketing channels to advise students of early postsecondary education opportunities, including AP.
Texas Yes. A public junior college may enter into an articulation agreement to partner with one or more school districts located in the public junior college district to provide on the campus of the public junior college a dropout recovery program for students under 26 years of age who meet certain criteria. A public junior college entering into such an agreement must offer advanced academic and transition opportunities, including dual credit courses and college preparatory courses, such as AP courses.

An interim benchmark payment of $250 is authorized for any, not to exceed 4, of 7 benchmarks achieved by an eligible student participating in the program, including a student who earns a score of ≥ 3 on an AP exam.
Utah Yes. Statute directs the state board of education, in collaboration with the state board of regents, to implement an AP program that permits students to earn high school credits while qualifying to take AP exams for college credit. The delivery system and curriculum program msut be designed and implemented to take full advantage of the most current available educational technology.
Vermont No
Virginia No
Washington No
West Virginia Yes. One of the charges of the West Virginia Advanced Placement Center, housed within the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, is to serve as a liaison for the College Board and the department of education, county boards of education, institutions of higher education, the West Virginia Advanced Placement Leadership Team, the legislature, and the governor.
Wisconsin No
Wyoming No

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