Arkansas Department of Higher Education Passes Uniform AP Credit Policy
Arkansas Department of Higher Education Passes Uniform AP Credit PolicySara Sympson, Director of Communications at the College Board
(Photo caption: A score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam now equals college credit in Arkansas! From left: Johnny Key, Arkansas DOE Commissioner; Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Governor; Maria Markham, Director of Arkansas Department of Higher Education; Mary Kathryn Stein, Arkansas DOE Director of Gifted & Talented and Advanced Placement.)
Now more Arkansas students will be able to earn college credits for their hard work in AP, saving them time and money. The Arkansas Department Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved an Advanced Placement (AP) credit policy that establishes a set of guidelines for the state’s public colleges and universities to award course credit for AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. The policy is designed to reduce costs for students and ensure uniformity among colleges and universities for AP acceptance standards as Arkansas becomes the 26th state to adopt a uniform statewide or systemwide AP credit policy.
“The Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board’s policy regarding Advanced Placement credit is a huge win for Arkansas students and their families,” said Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key. “This new policy rewards students for taking rigorous courses in high school and offers expanded options when choosing which college or university to attend upon graduation, and it fits very well with our effort to expand opportunities for AP coursework to traditionally underserved students. In addition, it also makes higher education more affordable for students and their families. Through efforts like these, we are transforming Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education.”
Dr. Maria Markham, Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, added: “During 2016, there were over 27,000 exams taken by Arkansas high school students. With our Board passing this policy, these college-prepared students can plan their higher education career and understand the incentive of attending college in our state.”
“The College Board thanks Arkansas officials and educators for their leadership in helping to ensure that students have the opportunity to receive the credits they’ve earned,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction.