P.O. BOX 2120
October 5, 2001

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 2002 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 Virginia’s 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.

Virginia’s grant award of $52,000 will not be adequate to meet the reimbursement demands to 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 2001-2002 school year; (2) the number of students who plan to take the Advanced Placement test in 2001-2002; 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 Vernon L. Wildy at the Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120 or fax it to (804) 692-3163 by October 31, 2001.

For further information, you may contact Mr. Wildy ( at (804) 225-2877.