120B.13 ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
Subdivision 1. Program structure; training programs for teachers.
(a) The advanced
placement and international baccalaureate programs are well-established academic programs for
mature, academically directed high school students. These programs, in addition to providing
academic rigor, offer sound curricular design, accountability, comprehensive external assessment,
feedback to students and teachers, and the opportunity for high school students to compete
academically on a global level. Advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs
allow students to leave high school with the academic skills and self-confidence to succeed in
college and beyond. The advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs help
provide Minnesota students with world-class educational opportunity.
(b) Critical to schools' educational success is ongoing advanced placement/international
baccalaureate-approved teacher training. A secondary teacher assigned by a district to teach
an advanced placement or international baccalaureate course or other interested educator may
participate in a training program offered by The College Board or International Baccalaureate
North America, Inc. The state may pay a portion of the tuition, room, board, and out-of-state
travel costs a teacher or other interested educator incurs in participating in a training program.
The commissioner shall determine application procedures and deadlines, select teachers and
other interested educators to participate in the training program, and determine the payment
process and amount of the subsidy. The procedures determined by the commissioner shall, to the
extent possible, ensure that advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses become
available in all parts of the state and that a variety of course offerings are available in school
districts. This subdivision does not prevent teacher or other interested educator participation in
training programs offered by The College Board or International Baccalaureate North America,
Inc., when tuition is paid by a source other than the state.
Subd. 2. Support programs.
The commissioner shall provide support programs during the
school year for teachers who attended the training programs and teachers experienced in teaching
advanced placement or international baccalaureate courses. The support programs shall provide
teachers with opportunities to share instructional ideas with other teachers. The state may pay
the costs of participating in the support programs, including substitute teachers, if necessary, and
program affiliation costs.
Subd. 3. Subsidy for examination fees.
The state may pay all or part of the fee for
advanced placement or international baccalaureate examinations. The commissioner shall pay all
examination fees for all public and nonpublic students of low-income families, as defined by the
commissioner, and to the limit of the available appropriation, shall also pay a portion or all of
the examination fees for other public and nonpublic students sitting for an advanced placement
examination, international baccalaureate examination, or both. The commissioner shall determine
procedures for state payments of fees.
Subd. 3a. College credit.
The colleges and universities of the Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities system must award, and the University of Minnesota and private postsecondary
institutions are encouraged to award, college credit to high school students who receive a score of
three or higher on an advanced placement or four or higher on the international baccalaureate
Subd. 4. Information.
The commissioner shall submit the following information to the
education committees of the legislature each year by February 1:
(1) the number of pupils enrolled in advanced placement and international baccalaureate
courses in each school district;
(2) the number of teachers in each district attending training programs offered by the college
board or International Baccalaureate North America, Inc.;
(3) the number of teachers in each district participating in support programs;
(4) recent trends in the field of advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs;
(5) expenditures for each category in this section; and
(6) other recommendations for the state program.
History: 1992 c 499 art 7 s 10; 1993 c 224 art 13 s 46; 1994 c 647 art 7 s 9; 1Sp1995 c 3 art
16 s 13; 1998 c 397 art 2 s 129,164; 2000 c 489 art 6 s 1; 1Sp2001 c 6 art 2 s 2; 2002 c 220
art 3 s 1; 1Sp2005 c 5 art 2 s 13-15