Due to budget cuts, there will be changes to some of the department’s Advanced Placement programs for school year 2011-12. Here’s a quick review of those changes:
AP Exam Review – The department will no longer support the AP Exam Review, which allows South Dakota students to access online AP exam reviews at no charge. Districts may still work directly with APEX for this; however, the state will no longer offer the service. NOTE: This service does remain in effect for the 2010-11 school year.
APEX AP Courses via SD Virtual School – APEX AP courses will still be available for registration on the South Dakota Virtual School site. However, there will be no funding from the state to reimburse students who take the exam and score a 3 or higher.
Learning Power AP Courses – These courses are available via South Dakota Virtual School and will remain the same for the 2011-12 school year. Funding for this program comes from the National Math and Science Initiative and the E-Learning Center at Northern State University. The Learning Power provider has told us there will be no charge to the districts/students for their courses. All students will still be required to take the designated AP exam, and students finishing with a 3 or higher will be eligible for the $100 stipend. Please contact Learning Power directly at (605) 394-1876 for any questions on their program and/or courses.
AP Test Fee Program – This program allows students who qualify for free or reduced lunch to take AP exams at no cost to themselves or their school districts. It is a U.S. Department of Education grant that the South Dakota Department of Education applies for annually. This program remains in place for the 2011 AP testing period. The state department will reapply for the grant next school year, but will not receive award notification until March or April of 2012.