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4/15/2013 1:39:00 PM
Test Fee Program 2012-2013
The Oregon Department of Education has received funds through the USDOE’s Advanced Placement Test Fee Program since 2002. This federal grant has provided the necessary funding to pay the Advanced Placement (AP) examination fees and the International Baccalaureate (IB) registration and examination fees for more than 36,000 low-income Oregon students.

Unfortunately, the Test Fee Program which depends on federal funding will undergo significant changes during the 2012-2013 school year. According to information released by the USDOE, this year the grant funds can be used to pay all but $10 per Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate examination. Program funds can no longer be used to pay for International Baccalaureate registration fees. Student or school fee responsibilities will be the following:
  • AP Exams: $10 per exam
  • IB Registration: $151
  • IB Exams: $10 per exam
Students participating in the program last year had all of the fees covered by the grant and did not have to pay any portion of the fees. The limitations on federal funding means low-income students or schools/districts must now pay a portion of the examination fees and IB registration fees. For many students, this simply will not be possible.

Research shows that rigorous coursework and access to college credit during high school play a critical role in preparing students for their next steps. It is important that all Oregon students have access to these opportunities. The Oregon Department of Education would like to encourage schools to seek help from community and business partners to help cover the cost of the fees to continue giving opportunities to students who otherwise would not be able to participate in college level course examinations.

Since the Test Fee Program began in 2002-2003, the number of low-income students taking these advanced courses and examinations has gone from 425 to 5,956 per year. This increase has been encouraging as it indicates that more low-income students are taking the rigorous AP and IB courses and examinations, receiving an important "head start" on their post-secondary education. Students that score a 3-5 on AP exams and 4-6 on IB exams can receive college credit. This can make college much more financially feasible for many low-income students.

Postings related to the Test Fee Program will be available at Advanced Placement Test Fee Program
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Contact(s) for this Announcement
  • Andrea Morgan Email    (503) 947-5772
    Data, Operations and Grant Management - Ed. Specialist, Social Sciences Curriculum and Advanced Placement Incentive Prog
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