Relates to creating advanced placement coursework opportunities.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to creating advanced placement coursework opportunities
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would expand access to advanced placement courses and subsidize advanced placement exam fees.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 requires the commissioner to develop a grant program to assist local school districts with limited advanced placement offerings in establishing or expanding advanced placement courses. It also requires the commissioner to develop a mechanism to subsidize the portion of the advanced placement exam fee that is not currently funded by a federal program. Section 2 lists the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Research shows that students who take advanced placement courses in high school are more likely than their peers to earn college degrees in four years, thus saving them money and time. By expanding access to these courses, and lessening the cost for financially eligible students who take advanced placement exams, the state can improve educational and economic opportunity for students who currently have limited access to such courses.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7754 IN SENATE June 5, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to creating advanced placement coursework opportunities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding two new subdivisions 52 and 53 to read as follows: 52. (A) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP A GRANT PROGRAM TO ASSIST LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN AN EFFORT TO EITHER ESTABLISH OR EXPAND ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAMS. SCHOOLS WHICH CURRENTLY OFFER FEWER THAN FOUR ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES AND HAVE AN UNMET ADVANCED PLACEMENT POTEN- TIAL SHALL BE GIVEN PREFERENCE FOR SUCH FUNDING. FUNDING FOR SUCH ASSISTANCE SHALL INCLUDE: RECOGNIZED TRAINING THAT PROVIDES TEACHERS WITH THE NECESSARY CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS IN ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES AND ON ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS, AND COURSE START-UP COSTS SUCH AS CURRICULUM MATERIALS, NECESSARY LABORATORY EQUIPMENT AND OTHER MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR THE OFFERING OF SUCH COURSES. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP ADDI- TIONAL GRANT-ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND SHALL AWARD FUNDS TO APPLYING SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACCORDINGLY. (B) THE LEGISLATURE SHALL APPROPRIATE STATE MONIES AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT SUCH PROGRAM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION. 53. (A) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP A MECHANISM TO FUND, FOR FINAN- CIALLY ELIGIBLE STUDENTS, THE PORTION OF THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAM FEE THAT IS NOT CURRENTLY FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL ADVANCE PLACEMENT TEST FEE PROGRAM, THE COLLEGE BOARD TEST FEE WAIVER AND THE SCHOOL TEST PROCESS- ING FEE WAIVER. (B) THE LEGISLATURE SHALL APPROPRIATE STATE MONIES AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT SUCH MECHANISM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15423-02-4