TITLE 16
Education

CHAPTER 16-98
Access to Advanced Placement Courses for All Students Act [See Title 16 Chapter 97 – The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]

SECTION 16-98-3


§ 16-98-3 Advanced placement teacher training program.

(a) Purpose. The purpose of the advanced placement teacher training program is to provide access to advanced placement courses in the four (4) core academic subjects of English, mathematics, science and social science for all students by training teachers in advanced placement course instruction at all high schools that do not presently provide advanced placement courses.

(b) Establishment. Subject to appropriation, the advanced placement teacher-training program shall be established in the department of education by the board of regents to train teachers in eligible school entities to teach advanced placement courses in the four (4) core academic areas of English, mathematics, science and social science in one or more of these disciplines.

(c) Eligible school entities. Eligible school entities are those that do not have in each of their high schools at least one advanced placement course in the four (4) core academic areas.

(1) A school district that has an advanced placement course in one or more of the four (4) core academic areas but not in all four (4) core academic areas is only eligible to have a teacher trained in those core academic areas that it does not have an advanced placement course.

(2) No more than one teacher per core academic area in each high school of an eligible school district shall be trained under this program.

(3) More than one eligible school district may apply jointly to the program to train a teacher in advanced placement course instruction if that teacher is to provide such instruction in more than one school district either through classroom instruction or through virtual learning instruction.

(d) Application requirements for eligible school entities. The application by an eligible school district seeking funding for the program shall include the following:

(1) The subject areas that currently have an advanced placement courses in each of its high schools;

(2) The subject areas among the four (4) core academic areas that it does not have an advanced placement course in each of its high schools;

(3) The names of the eligible teachers including the high school where they are teaching and the advanced placement academic subject area that each of the teachers will be providing instruction and whether the instruction will be in a classroom or through virtual learning instruction;

(4) The names of the eligible teacher training entities that shall be providing the training for teachers in providing advanced placement instruction;

(5) Agreement to provide the advanced placement course for high school students for at least three (3) years;

(6) Guidelines the school district will use in determining which students may be eligible to enroll in an advanced placement course. The school district shall not discriminate on any basis in enrollment of students that is illegal under applicable federal or state law;

(7) Agreement to annually report to the department for each of the four (4) core academic areas that were taught by teachers whose training was funded by this program the following information:

(i) The number of students taking advanced placement courses;

(ii) The number of students who took the advanced placement examinations; and

(iii) The number of students scoring a three (3) or higher on the advanced placement examinations.

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