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Guidance for LEAs on Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Funding Under ESSA

Friday, July 7, 2023

As part of the shift to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal formula grant program that covered Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees for low-income students through Title IV, Part A funding for “Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants.” OSSE now provides funding through this funding source to cover AP and IB exams costs for low-income students each spring. If needed, in the spring, OSSE will release updated guidance on how OSSE and LEAs using the AP Test Fee program for low-income exam takers should approach covering exam fees.

  • OSSE and LEAs may also use Title IV, Title I, and Title II funding to support other types of activities related to AP and IB access and performance, including funding specific AP and IB courses and exams (Title IV, Title I) and supporting professional development and training for AP and IB teachers (Title II).

See for the full guidance document [PDF].

For more information and questions regarding AP  and IB test fees, please contact Janae Eason at [email protected]

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