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Thursday, April 5, 2018

TEA RELEASE on AP/IB Incentives Communication


April 3, 2018

Upcoming Deadlines for AP Exam Ordering


Upcoming deadlines for AP exam ordering:

April 13- Extension deadline. Each order after this date incurs a $55 late fee.
May 7-18- AP Exam Administration See Exam Dates for the complete schedule.
May 18-  Deadline for schools to order alternate exams for late testing.
May 23-25- Alternate Exam Administration See the late-testing schedule for complete details.

For additional information, please see the College Board’s 2017-2018 School Year Annual Calendar and Deadlines.


AP Exam Cost Summary


Please see the chart below for a summary of May 2018 AP exam fee costs and subsidies.


AP Exams
AP Research and AP Seminar (AP Capstone) Exams
Total Cost
$94
$142
State Subsidy*
$24
$24
College Board Subsidy*
$32
$32
School Rebate**
$9
$9
Resulting cost for eligible students with demonstrated financial need
$29
$77
* Provided to eligible students with demonstrated financial need
** Schools are expected for forgo the $9 rebate for eligible students

According to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.053(h), a student eligible for the exam fee subsidy is one who demonstrates financial need as determined in accordance with guidelines adopted by the Texas State Board of Education. Texas students are identified as economically disadvantaged if they met one of the following criteria:
  • eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Program;
  • from a family with an annual income at or below the official federal poverty line; or
  • eligible for other public assistance, including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).


Educator and Student Opportunities from the College Board

For educators: the College Board Fellowship Program is an initiative to identify, recognize, and reward rising leaders of color who are especially effective in closing the achievement and attainment gaps that separate African American, Latino, Asian Pacific and Native American students from their white peers. The Fellowship program will provide emerging leaders of color with a formal mentorship, fully funded travel to the College Board Forum and a one-time one-year $5,000 award to support the work that they are doing to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for students of color. We are seeking a diverse group of people ages 28-45 representing both K-12 and higher-ed; from the worlds of practice, policy, research, and advocacy; representing all regions of the country as well as rural, suburban, and urban areas. Applications are due May 18, 2018.
For students: the annual #Collegiance Campaign for students has launched. #Collegiance celebrates high school students making their college decision by encouraging them to pledge their #Collegiance on Instagram. Students who create an original and creative Instagram video, Boomerang, or photo will be entered for a chance to win one of 10 cash prizes. The winners will be selected by media and film professors from College Board member institutions. Student submissions are due on May 15, 2018. You can find more information about the competition here: https://pages.collegeboard.org/collegiance and there is also a digital toolkit for schools to help spread the word to students. 


Thank you for your commitment to serving Texas students.

Lauren Dwiggins
College, Career, and Military Preparation, Texas Education Agency
512-463-8864




Monday, December 18, 2017

TEA UPDATE ON AP/IB EXAMS

The exam fee subsidies for May 2018 AP/IB exams will be $24 per AP/IB exam taken by eligible students.
Historically, there has been a state subsidy of $30 per AP/IB exam taken by eligible students, plus a federal subsidy ($16 per eligible AP exam, $65 per eligible AP Capstone Exam, $65 per eligible IB exam). The federal subsidy was eliminated with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Therefore, LEAs should plan on receiving only a state subsidy in the amount of $24 per exam taken by eligible students.
For more information, please read the To the Administrator Addressed letter: Texas Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Incentive Program - State Exam Fee Subsidies for the 2017-2018 School Year

For questions regarding AP/IB announcements, please contact Lauren Dwiggins at  AP-IB@tea.texas.gov or 512-463-8864.

Friday, December 15, 2017

TEA CLARIFICATION ON SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS FOR TESTING

Further clarification on supplemental aides per TEA has been released.

For a student not receiving special education or Section 504 services, the decision is made
by the appropriate team of people at the campus level (e.g., RTI team, student assistance
team) based on the eligibility criterion and is documented according to district policies.

Please check 2018 Accessibility Features for ALL students.
https://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Testing/Student_Assessment_Overview/Accommodation_Resources/2018_Accessibility/

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SAT SCHOOL DAY SPRING 2018

Below are two terrific links that will give you more details on SAT School Day Spring 2018.

Contact Fred Hordge Associate Director State and District Partnerships for more information at fhordge@collegeboard.org. 


Click the link below for detailed information (students with disabilities, test ordering, timeline for test day and more)

See SAT School Day video:





Monday, December 11, 2017

SUPPLEMENTAL AIDS FOR ALL STUDENTS

TEA has released examples and clarification on supplemental aids for the 2018 testing cycle. Student eligibility criterion:
A student may use this designated support if:
he or she routinely, independently, and effectively uses it during classroom instruction and classroom testing.
Below are the links for the documentation.
2018 Supplemental Aids for STAAR: What is Allowed and What's Not?
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YSucTREo7cuiKqNIeVUA1eGt4iYBlHHT/view?usp=sharing

2018 Mathematics Manipulatives
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ywiZwYk2zLgUamdPzCqOGiXeHlPNhayS/view?usp=sharing

2018 Supplemental Aids
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Jv6xbuLgacdTtLYghK5w8NXWag_BIScO/view?usp=sharing

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

FINAL 2017 Academic Accountability Ratings Released


AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the final 2017 state academic accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters and more than 8,600 campuses. The final ratings include the results of an appeals process that provides districts and charters an opportunity to contest preliminary ratings.
Preliminary state accountability ratings were announced by TEA in August. The Texas Education Code requires the commissioner of education to provide a process for districts and charters to challenge their accountability ratings. School district appeals are first carefully reviewed by an independent appeals panel before being sent to the commissioner for a final decision.
The Texas Education Agency received 66 school district and campus-level appeals in 2017, compared to 104 in 2016, 72 in 2015, and 90 in 2014. 
Two of 14 district appeals were granted by the commissioner. The final district ratings for Grandfalls-Royalty ISD and Ranger ISD were changed from Improvement Required to Met Standard
Under the final 2017 ratings, more than 90 percent of school districts and charters across Texas achieved the rating of Met Standard. Districts, campuses, and charters receive one of three ratings under the state’s accountability system: Met Standard,Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required
https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2017/Final_2017_academic_accountability_ratings_released/

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Preliminary 2016-2017 Texas Academic Performance Reports are Available

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the preliminary 2016–17 Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) are now available on the Texas Education Agency website. A tremendous resource for parents, the TAPR provides a wide range of performance information for every public school and district in the state. The campus-level, district-level, regional, and statewide reports combine details of academic performance with information about staff, programs, and demographics.
To review the preliminary 2016–17 Texas Academic Performance Reports, visit the Texas Education Agency website at https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/tapr/2017/index.html.

The final TAPR – with final ratings following the resolution of district appeals of preliminary academic accountability ratings – is scheduled for release on Nov. 16, 2017. 
https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2017/Preliminary_2016%E2%80%9317_Texas_Academic_Performance_Reports_available/