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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03

NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: AUGUST 14, 2002

INCENTIVE GRANT TO BOOST ADVANCED PLACEMENTS PARTICIPATION

Beginning this school year, high school students in 13 rural and low-wealth school systems will be able to take Advanced Placement courses in subjects such as Physics and English Literature thanks to their school system's receipt of an Advanced Placement (AP) Incentive Program Grant.

Students in Elkin City and Pitt, Washington, Pasquotank, Pender, Lenoir, Granville, Franklin, Robeson, Scotland, Cleveland, Union, and Haywood county schools can sign up for online courses in Calculus AB, Psychology, Environmental Science, English Literature and English Composition. In addition, students also can take two online Advanced Placement courses offered by the Web Academy in Cumberland County - Physics and Biology. The courses the students will take were developed by experienced Advanced Placement teachers in collaboration with LEARN NC, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Education.

Elkin City Schools' Superintendent Dr. Stephen Laws said that he couldn�t be happier at his system's receipt of the grant. "We are among the smallest high schools in the state and, as a result, have limited course offerings. This grant allows us to compete with the largest high schools. Our students now have the same opportunities as their peers across the state."

Last October, the Department of Public Instruction received a three-year Advanced Placement Incentive Program grant to increase the availability of Advanced Placement courses in local schools and help widen access for minority students, rural students and others who are under-represented in these courses. The funding level for the grant's first year is $306,144, with second and third year awards of $296,784.

Access to AP exams is important in encouraging students to reach high standards. In North Carolina, 317 public schools had at least one student taking an AP exam, and 286 schools had at least 10 students taking an AP exam in 2001.

The Advanced Placement Program was established by The College Board in 1955. It allows students to take specially designed courses in high school to qualify for college credit if the student earns an adequate score on The College Board's AP exams. Individual colleges and universities determine scores that will qualify for credit.

For more information on North Carolina's Advanced Placement program, please contact Wandra Polk, Assistant Director, Instructional Services, DPI, 919.807.3816.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.