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Requiring establishment of a systemwide credit policy regarding AP exams (Stambaugh, Springer, Harris)

Requires the student achievement council to establish an evidence-based systemwide policy for granting undergraduate course credits to students who have earned minimum scores of three on AP exams.


1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL:
The entity in charge of establishing the policy for awarding undergraduate course credit for AP exams was changed to the institutions of higher education, in collaboration with the Council, rather than just the Council. The undergraduate course credit was described as fulfilling a general elective requirement, general education requirement, in the major credit requirement, or requirements towards earning a credential, certificate, or degree. Also, the agency in charge of reporting back on the AP credit policy was hanged to the institutions of higher education, and the reporting requirement was reduced to a one-time report rather than an ongoing biannual reporting requirement. An intent section was also added to the bill.

EFFECT OF STRIKER AMENDMENT:

o Includes a new intent section that describes how many students take AP exams, how many are minority students, and how many receive scores of three or higher, while also including a statement about the Legislature's intent to establish a policy for awarding undergraduate course credit for AP exams.
o Requires a coordinated, evidence-based policy for granting as many undergraduate college credits to students who have earned minimum scores of three on AP exams as possible and appropriate, rather than specifying the specific options for course credits.
o Removes the Student Achievement Council (Council) from collaborating on the AP credit policy and removes the requirement for the Council to post the credit policy in accordance with the Council's master list of high school courses, qualifying examination scores, and demonstrated competencies that qualify for postsecondary credit.
o Changes the reporting requirement from a one-time report to a biennial reporting requirement.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 -- 8:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1333&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)