COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 70

December 6, 2002

 

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Advanced Placement Fee Payment Program

 

The U. S. Department of Education has awarded the Virginia Department of Education a grant that will enable the department to reimburse part or all of the cost of the 2003 Advanced Placement test fees for low-income students who are enrolled in an Advanced Placement class and who plan to take an Advanced Placement test. The purpose of this grant is to increase the participation of low-income students in Advanced Placement classes and testing. While a majority of Virginias high schools participate in the Advanced Placement program, some divisions have indicated that they have students who are capable of taking Advanced Placement courses but who cannot afford to take the tests.

 

Virginias grant award of $40,000 will not be adequate to meet the total needs of the school divisions. Consequently, the Department of Education needs to establish a formula for distributing these funds in an equitable manner. Please find attached a survey form requesting that you provide the department with (1) the total number of students in your division who are enrolled in Advanced Placement courses for the 2002-2003 school year; (2) the number of students who plan to take the Advanced Placement test in 2002-2003; and (3) how many of these students could be classified in the low-income category. Students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches, students whose families receive assistance under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program, or students eligible to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid program may be classified as low-income. The Department of Education will develop a formula for distributing these funds based upon the data received from this survey.

 

Please return the enclosed survey form to Bob Almond, director of grants and special projects, Division of Instruction at the Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120 or fax it to (804)371-2456 by December 31, 2002.

 

For further information, you may contact Bob Almond (ralmond@pen.k12.va.us) at (804)225-3349.

 

JLD/RAA/sgj

 

Attachment

 

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