Texas Advanced Placement-International Baccalaureate Incentive Program—Teacher Training Reimbursements for 2014-2015

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September 8, 2015

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT:  Texas 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The Texas Advanced Placement (AP) / International Baccalaureate (IB) Incentive Program was originally enacted in 1993 by the 73rd Texas Legislature to emphasize the state’s commitment to high academic performance.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 http://tea.texas.gov/index2.aspx?id=25769807494. 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 criteria:

  • 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 monica.brewer@tea.texas.gov.  

 

Sincerely,

Monica Martinez
Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs

MGM/mb