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Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on how Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate is affected by flexibility provisions in Senate Bill 4 of the 2009-10 Third Extraordinary Session (SBX3 4).

Please note that this information is provided for historical purposes. Funds for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate were made flexible under the 2009 legislation. The 2013 Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) legislation repealed the flexibility provisions and instead, eliminated funding streams for many categorical programs, including the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Program. Categorical funding received in 2012–13 forms the basis for determining school funding in the phase-in period under the LCFF. See the categorical program topic in the LCFF FAQ page [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/lcfffaq.asp#CAT] for additional information.

Refer to the Fiscal Issues Relating to Budget Reductions and Flexibility Provisions guidance letter [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fr/eb/yr09budgetacts.asp] for information on provisions that apply to all programs. The letter covers such matters as the public hearing requirement, base year funding provisions, and how funding reductions will be calculated.

  1. How does the inclusion of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) in categorical flexibility affect the test fees reimbursement program?
    State AP Test Fee Reimbursement funds can be used by a district for any educational purpose. A district may elect to continue to use the funds to reimburse AP or IB test fee costs or may use the funds for a different purpose. Reimbursement for Option II students is not available.
  2. Will districts continue to receive federal AP Test Fee Reimbursement funds?
    Federal AP Test Fees Reimbursement funds are not affected and will continue to be available for the original purpose; however, only students who meet the eligibility for the federal poverty income guidelines will qualify.
  3. How will the amount of funding for AP/IB test fees be determined?
    Please refer to the Fiscal Issues Relating to Budget Reductions and Flexibility Provisions guidance letter [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fr/eb/yr09budgetacts.asp] for information on provisions that apply to all programs. The letter covers such matters as the public hearing requirement, base year funding provisions, and how funding reductions will be calculated.
  4. How does this affect the IB Grant Program?
    Districts with the IB grant will receive approximately 85-percent of the 2008-09 grant funds. This percentage is scheduled to decrease in 2009-10. Future amounts will depend on future budget action.
  5. Do the flexibility provisions affect the prior legislation that stated “if 75 percent of the students at a school are eligible for the Free and Reduced price meal program” then all students are eligible?
    Yes. The fee reimbursement program is now entirely funded from federal funds. To receive federal funds, all students must individually qualify and meet the eligibility requirements under the federal poverty income guidelines. 
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