September 8, 2015
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Incentive Program—Teacher
Training Reimbursements for 2014-2015
The Texas Advanced Placement (AP) /
International Baccalaureate (IB) Incentive Program was originally enacted in
1993 by the 73rd Texas Legislature to emphasize the state’s commitment to high
academic performance. The program is designed to recognize and reward students,
teachers, and schools that demonstrate success in achieving the educational
goals of the state.
As a result of this initiative, AP
and IB academic programs continue to grow. In the 2014-2015 school year, the
State of Texas provided test fee subsidies for over 170,000 AP and IB exams
taken by public school students with demonstrated financial need. These
numbers, which indicate a continuation of the steady growth in participation
experienced in Texas, can be attributed to the commitment of the Texas
Legislature and Texas educators and students who strive to meet the demands
offered by challenging academic programs.
Funding from the 83rd
Texas Legislature will allow the TEA to provide teacher training reimbursements
again this year. Districts and charter schools wishing to apply for teacher
training reimbursements for approved AP/IB training that took place during the
2014-2015 school year must apply to the TEA. Applications and information for
the 2015 Teacher Training Reimbursement are now available on the TEA website at
The deadline to submit an application for teacher training reimbursement is October 9, 2015.
TEA will fund reimbursements for
teacher training completed during the 2014-2015 school year for the cost of the
training up to $450 per eligible teacher. Teachers must complete a 24-hour or
longer TEA-approved Pre-AP or AP training or a 15-hour or longer TEA-approved
IB training. The amount of the teacher training reimbursement will be dependent
upon the total number of eligible applicants and the amount of funding
available after the payment of exam fee subsidies.
Please note that teachers will be
eligible for this reimbursement only once
every two years. Teachers eligible for teacher training reimbursements
include those who teach approved AP or IB courses at any grade level, as well
as teachers of grades 6–11 who teach a course that meets the following
- Goes beyond the Texas Essential Knowledge and
Skills (TEKS) in depth and complexity
- Is appropriately rigorous to prepare students to
be successful in AP or IB courses
- Is part of a vertical system of courses that
ends with a specific AP or IB course (i.e., a Pre-AP English course that leads
directly to AP Language and Composition)
TEA will not reimburse trainings for
administrators, counselors, or program implementation. Trainings that are based
on the Common Core State Standards are not eligible for reimbursement.
District personnel with AP/IB
program responsibilities may wish to join the AP/IB Incentives listserv in
order to stay informed about program requirements and the latest incentive
developments. To join the listserv, visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXTEA/subscriber/new
and select AP/IB from the list of subscriptions under the Curriculum section.
For more information about the Texas
AP/IB Incentive Program and funded components, please visit http://tea.texas.gov/index4.aspx?id=3822
or contact Monica Brewer, Statewide Coordinator for Gifted/Talented Education,
by telephone at (512) 463-9581, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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