P.O. BOX 2120



December 21, 2006



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Advanced Placement Fee Payment Program


The United States Department of Education (USED) posted the 2007 Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Program grant opportunity on November 21, 2006. The Virginia Department of Education plans to submit a proposal to receive funds to reimburse AP/IB test fees for disadvantaged students. However, the Department does not currently have federal funding for 2007 reimbursement. It is anticipated that the Department will be notified in the spring regarding the status of the funding award.


The purpose of this grant is to increase the participation of economically disadvantaged students in advanced 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 and International Baccalaureate courses but cannot afford to take the tests.


Pending availability of funding, the Virginia Department of Education will pay $53 per AP and/or IB exam for each exam taken by public and private school students qualifying for the College Boards fee reduction or the International Baccalaureate fee reduction. It is anticipated that AP/IB test fees will be reimbursed up to 200 exams per school division.


In order to allocate any funds that may be awarded to the Department in spring 2007, the Department must collect certain data that are required by the USED. These data will be collected in an electronic survey due by January 31, 2007. To complete the electronic survey, each division must assign a point of contact for the Advanced Placement Fee Payment Program and grant data entry privileges through the Single Sign On for Web Applications. A copy of the survey is attached to help collect the information required on the electronic survey. The electronic survey is available at Once the electronic data are submitted, please submit a hard copy of the verification report with superintendents signature. The signed copy must be on file with the Virginia Department of Education confirming that the school division will adhere to the assurances listed. School divisions cannot receive reimbursements if a signed copy of the assurances (verification report) is not on file with the Department.


For further information, you may contact James C. Firebaugh, Jr., director, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at, or call (804) 225-2651.