New Mexico, Idaho, and North Carolina Become Latest States to Adopt Uniform AP Credit Policies
New Mexico, Idaho, and North Carolina Become Latest States to Adopt Uniform AP Credit PoliciesCollege Board Communications
Students entering public colleges and universities in New Mexico, Idaho, and North Carolina soon won’t have to worry about how many college credits they’ll earn for their successful Advanced Placement (AP) Exam scores.
In late July, the New Mexico Higher Education Department a new AP credit policy that guarantees which courses students will receive credit for at any New Mexico college or university when they pass an AP Exam with a score of 3 or higher.
“Since day one, we’ve been working to improve New Mexico’s education system and today we’re taking a tremendous step forward,” said Higher Education Secretary Barbara Damron. “More kids than ever are taking and passing AP Exams—and now we’re giving them the tools they need to apply their hard work toward completing a college degree and saving their families money in tuition costs.”
The Idaho State Board of Education an August announcement that it had approved a policy allowing Idaho high school students with a score of 3 or higher on any AP Exam to earn college credit at all public Idaho institutions.
“In the past, we’ve had kind of patchwork approach to how Advanced Placement Exam credit can be granted across the state and what the minimum thresholds are,” said Idaho State Board of Chief Academic Officer Randall Brumfield. “This policy ensures that any AP Exam that is taken, if that student scores at least a 3, then the exam will count toward their college degree regardless of their major.”
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors also recently approved a policy to consistently award undergraduate credit for AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.
Across the country, the number of college credit policies awarding credit for scores of 3 has increased. The majority of AP students nationwide now live in states with guaranteed college credit for AP scores. There were approximately 1,100 new or improved AP credit policies enacted in 2017-18 and 29 states have either adopted or implemented statewide or system-wide AP credit policies. In 2017, an estimated 275,000 graduating seniors sent their AP scores to and likely enrolled at campuses with new or improved policies.
The College Board praises educators and officials in New Mexico, Idaho, and North Carolina for their leadership in developing and passing policies that reduce the cost burden of college for students. The credit students earn when they score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam may save them time and money. Often, AP students tend to finish their degrees earlier than their peers, allowing them to complete lengthy STEM degrees and double majors, or study abroad without incurring costs of one or two additional semesters. On average, AP students can expect to see an average potential cost savings of $10,385 at four year public in-state colleges and universities.