Advanced Placement Program (Advanced Placement Test Fee; Advanced Placement Incentive Program Grants)

To award grants to State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and national nonprofit educational organizations with expertise in advanced placement services to support State and local efforts to increase access to advanced placement classes and tests for low-income students and to award
grants to State educational agencies to cover part or all of the cost of test fees for students from low-income families enrolled in advanced placement courses.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Education Department, New York State $ 2,671,415   2016-09-012017-08-31
Elementary And Secondary Education, Massachusetts Department Of $ 810,499   2016-09-012017-08-31
Education, California Department Of $ 11,064,291   2016-09-012017-08-31
Texas Education Agency $ 3,478,823   2016-09-012017-08-31
Education, New Hampshire Department Of $ 16,809   2016-09-012017-08-31
Education, Illinois State Board Of $ 1,791,199   2016-09-012017-08-31
Vermont State Agency Of Education $ 17,051   2016-09-012017-08-31
Public Instruction, Montana Office Of $ 4,964   2016-09-012017-08-31
Education, South Dakota Department Of $ 14,480   2016-09-012017-08-31
Education And Early Development, Alaska Department Of $ 3,393   2016-09-012017-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Advanced Placement (AP) Incentive program provides grants to eligible entities for activities that increase the participation of students from low-income families in both pre-advanced placement and advanced placement courses and tests, including teacher training and course development, coordination, and articulation.

The AP Test Fee program provides awards to enable States to cover all or part of the cost of test fees for students from low-income families who are enrolled in advanced placement classes.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires the Secretary to give priority to funding the Advanced Placement Test Fee program, with remaining funds allocated to Advanced Placement Incentive Grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and national nonprofit educational organizations with expertise in advanced placement services may apply for AP Incentive grants.

State educational agencies may apply for grants under the AP Test Fee program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Students from low-income families who are enrolled in an advanced placement class and plan to take an advanced placement test and their teachers benefit.

Credentials/Documentation

The AP Test Fee program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-122 for non-profit organizations apply to the AP Incentive program. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants should secure grant application forms and prepare and address submissions according to directions published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

Applications for AP Test Fee are reviewed by Department of Education staff. The selection of AP Test Fee grantees is noncompetitive. Selection of AP Incentive grantees is competitive and based on a nonfederal review of applications using selection criteria published in a notice in the Federal Register. Final decisions on grants are made by the Secretary after considering statutory and other applicable requirements.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Authorization of this program was eliminated by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015., Title I, Part G.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Up to 120 days after receipt of applications.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Awards under the AP Test Fee program are made for one year only. Awards under the AP Incentive program are made for a period of up to 3 years; after the first year, grantees may receive annual continuations contingent on project performance and availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made for one year for the AP Test Fee program, and for up to 3 years for the AP Incentive program, contingent on performance and availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reporting requirements are included in the final grant documents.

Grantees also may be subject to national evaluation performed by the Department of Education.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Additional audit requirements may be specified in the grant award documents.

Records

Records are to be maintained as indicated in the grant award document.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0204-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $28,483,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY16 average AP Test Fee award: $678,167.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

34 CFR 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, and 99. Applicants should contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate for more information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Madeline Baggett Department of Education, OESE Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: madeline.baggett@ed.gov Phone: (202) 260-2502

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection process for AP Test Fee grants is noncompetitive; no selection criteria are used and applicants that submit applications meeting applicable requirements will receive awards. Selection of AP Incentive grantees is competitive and based on a nonfederal review of applications using selection criteria published in a notice in the Federal Register.



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