NM Governor Announces Boon in State Funding for AP®
NM Governor Announces Boon in State Funding for AP®Abby Hexter, Assistant Director, Member Communications, The College Board
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera announced on April 28 that the College Board would be investing $1 million in the state’s AP program. Combined with the $750,000 in state funding that Martinez secured during the 2013 legislative session, this investment will go toward AP teacher preparation and recruitment, training counselors on how to guide students toward AP, and developing parent resources in several languages.
“Based on data we’ve collected from those who have taken the PSAT, we have thousands of New Mexico students not taking AP courses in high school who could further their education and save thousands of dollars by doing so,” said Martinez. “Access to AP courses can be particularly limited in rural areas, and I’m appreciative that the College Board is providing funding to help us expand access to college-ready classes for students throughout our communities.”
The announcement was made during the Native American Student Advocacy Institute (NASAI), an event hosted annually by the College Board that brings together leaders from Native American communities to discuss issues affecting their students around the country. The governor’s announcement particularly resonated with conference participants, who discussed the issue of expanding access to AP for Native students in several sessions.
The colloquium session titled “Delivering Opportunity via the Advanced Placement Program®” took a pointed look at the lack of AP access for Native American students even amid the growing representation of other minority groups.
“We’re proud of our students and teachers as they continue to make New Mexico a national leader in AP courses,” said Martinez. “When we set a high standard for our students, they always rise to the challenge. Thanks to our educators and support from the College Board, our students are not only saving millions on tuition expenses but also better prepared for college-level courses.”
New Mexico is just one of several states that have significantly increased their funding for AP in the past five years. The Georgia Department of Education allocated $1.3 million for the 2012-13 school year to pay for one AP Exam for every student who qualified for free or reduced-price lunch. In 2012, the Texas Legislature enabled the Texas Education Agency to put $30 toward the test fee for each AP Exam taken by Texas students.