|5/7/2014 12:11:00 PM|
|Test Fee Program 2013-2015|
|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 46,000 low-income Oregon students.
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is excited to share information about the Oregon Test Fee Program for 2013-14. Unlike last year, low-income students this year will pay nothing for their AP exams, IB exams, and IB registration. In addition, ALL OTHER Oregon public school students taking AP or IB exams will have their test fees reduced. This is possible because of funding provided by the Oregon State Legislature in addition to funding available from the US Department of Education (USDOE). We fully expect that the same level of funding will be available next year.
We know that some schools have already collected student fees. Please provide students refunds as necessary as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this refunding process entails. The notification from the USDOE regarding the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program was only made available after many schools had started/completed registration processes.
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.
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 6,712 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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