Texas Advanced Placement-International Baccalaureate Incentive Program – 2012 Test Fee Subsidies

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SUBJECT:  Texas Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Incentive Program – 2012 Test Fee Subsidies

The Texas Advanced Placement (AP) /International Baccalaureate (IB) Incentive Program was originally enacted in 1993 by the 73rd Texas Legislature to emphasize the state’s commitment to high academic performance.

As previously announced, funding allocated to the Texas AP/IB Incentive Program by the 82nd Texas Legislature will enable the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to fund the 2012 test fee component of the program. TEA will assume $30 of the fee for each AP/IB exam taken by eligible Texas high school students. Eligible students are those who have taken an authorized AP/IB course or are recommended by their principals to take the exam and who demonstrate financial need. Demonstrated financial need is defined as students who are identified in the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) as economically disadvantaged. TEA will pay each $30 exam fee subsidy directly to the College Board for AP exams and will reimburse the district for IB exams. Campuses and districts should not collect this portion of the exam fee from students.

Pending the availability of U.S. Department of Education (USDE) grant funds, schools may also receive additional exam fee subsidies from TEA. The exact amount of the additional subsidy will be announced upon the notification of the grant award from the USDE. 

Due to program changes at the state and federal levels, TEA is requiring campuses who wish to receive the exam fee subsidies to submit information via a brief online survey. The survey will allow campuses to report the number of exams completed by eligible students. This information will assist TEA in ensuring that each campus is credited (AP exams) or reimbursed (IB exams) for state and federal subsidies.

For schools that offer AP exams only, access the survey at https://landry.tea.state.tx.us/TEA_Survey/AAS/2012_Test_Fees/2012_AP_Test_Fees2.htm.

For schools that offer both AP and IB exams, access the survey at https://landry.tea.state.tx.us/TEA_Survey/AAS/2012_Test_Fees/2012_AP_IB_Test_Fees.htm.

To qualify to receive the state and federal subsidies, this survey must be completed no later than Friday, June 15, 2012. This survey should only be submitted by the campus AP or IB coordinator or other personnel authorized to provide the data.

For questions about the survey or the Texas AP/IB Incentive program, please contact
Deb Gonzales, Program Coordinator, by telephone at (512) 463-9581 or via email at
debbie.gonzales@tea.texas.gov. To stay informed about AP/IB program requirements and the latest developments, join the AP/IB Incentives listserv by visiting http://miller.tea.state.tx.us/list/.  



Anita Givens
Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs