ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (AP/IB)

CONTACT :: Beth Cross, State Consultant, Division of Advanced Learning & Gifted Education

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ACADEMIC RIGOR IN NORTH CAROLINA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The goal of the State Board of Education is that “all students will graduate from a rigorous, relevant academic program that equips them with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to succeed in both post-secondary education and 21st Century careers and to be participating, engaged citizens.” (NC Board of Education, Standard Course of Study-016)

The Board has defined academic rigor:

“Academic rigor is based on expectations established for students and staff that ensure that students demonstrate a thorough, in-depth mastery of challenging and complex curricular concepts.  In every subject, at every grade level, instruction and learning must include commitment to a knowledge core and the application of that knowledge core to solve complex real-world problems.” (NC Board of Education, Standard Course of Study-016)

To provide rigor in schools, most public high schools in North Carolina offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses, delivered either through face-to-face instruction or via NC Virtual Public School. Some public high schools also offer International Baccalaureate courses (IB), including the IB diploma program.

On this site, you will find resources and information to support the continued development of rigor through advanced high school courses – Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB).


NC AP/IB/CIE EXAM AND REGISTRATION FEES GUIDANCE:

In summer 2014, with SL2013-360 section 8.27, the General Assembly modified 115C.83.4A to enhance access and encourage participation in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses by appropriating funds to pay for all AP and IB exams for public school or charter school students who are enrolled in the corresponding AP/IB courses.

In the summer of 2017, with SL2017-57 section 7.28, the General Assembly modified 115C-174.26A and SL2013-360 section 8.27 to include Cambridge International Education (CIE) AS-Level and A-Level courses as eligible advanced courses. This funding continues in the recurring budget. Below is guidance regarding payment of 2018-19 AP/IB/CIE exam fees by NCDPI.
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AP/IB TEACHER LEGISLATED BONUS PAYMENT INFORMATION:

Some AP and IB teachers will qualify for bonus pay depending on their students’ scores from the prior year’s administration of AP and IB exams, based on legislation from 2016 (Session Law 2016-94). 

Here is a link to Financial & Business Services explaining procedures for Teacher Legislated Bonuses under What's New

And here is an FAQ with more information about AP and IB Teacher Legislated Bonuses
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