Access to Advanced Placement Courses for All Students Act [See Title 16 Chapter 97 – The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]

SECTION 16-98-2

§ 16-98-2. Definitions.

The following words and phrases when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings given to them unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1) "Advanced placement" means a high school level preparatory course for a college advanced placement exam that:

(i) Incorporates all topics specified by the college board on its standards syllabus for a given subject area; and

(ii) Is authorized by the college board.

(2) "Board of regents" means the board of regents for elementary and secondary education.

(3) "College board" means the non-profit examination board in the United States comprised of over four thousand five hundred (4,500) institutions of higher learning and known for managing standardized tests such as the advanced placement or "AP" tests.

(4) "Department" means the Rhode Island department of elementary and secondary education.

(5) "Eligible teacher" means a professional employee that is certified in the subject area of the advanced placement course that he or she will be teaching.

(6) "Four core academic areas" means advanced placement courses in English, mathematics, science and social science.

(7) "Poverty level" means the percentage of students in a school district eligible for free and reduced lunch.

(8) "Program" means the advanced placement teacher training program.

(9) "School district" means any public school district, school unit, area-vocational-technical school, or charter school that composes a school district; the term also encompasses a single high school or multiple high schools within a school district where applicable.

(10) "Teacher training entities" means institutions of higher education, intermediate units or organizations approved/certified by the college board to train teachers to teach advanced placement courses.

(11) "Virtual learning instruction" means providing academic courses to students via the Internet and/or the use of technology in providing instruction to students.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2012, ch. 347, § 1.)