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State’s High School Acceleration Programs Are Funded Through a Variety of Sources, Report No. 06-27, March 2006
 
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  • Florida’s acceleration programs for high school students include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced International Certificate of Education, Dual Enrollment, and College-Level Examination Program.  These programs, with the exception of the College Level Examination Program, are supported through the state school funding formula.  In addition, the state provides incentive funding to high schools based on student performance on AP, IB, and Advanced International Certificate of Education exams.  Like 10 other states, Florida provides funding for Dual Enrollment students to both their school district and the postsecondary institution where the students are enrolled in the course.
  • Florida’s incentive funding levels for AP and IB courses exceed the cost of providing these college-level courses at postsecondary institutions.  Florida provides a higher level of incentive funding for these programs than do other states.  Unlike Florida, most other states also limit paying AP and IB examination fees to only low-income students. 
  • While acceleration programs have relatively high costs, they provide many non-monetary benefits, including enriching students’ high school experience, challenging them to perform at college level, and helping to bridge the transition from high school to college.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Acceleration Programs
Education System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-30 University Students Benefit from Acceleration Courses, But Often Retake Math and Science Courses,published in June 2009.
  • Report No. 09-21 More Than 17% of Acceleration Courses and Exams Do Not Result in College Credit, Which Costs State Almost $6 Million,published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 09-12 Modifying Advanced Placement Program Incentive Funding Could Produce Significant Cost Savings, published in February 2009.
  • Report No. 08-70 Student Participation in Acceleration Programs Has Increased; Legislature Has Taken Steps to Reduce Program Costs, published in December 2008
  • Report No. 08-01 Florida’s Gifted Student Population Grew Faster Than the Overall School Enrollment, published in January 2008.
  • Report No. 06-26 Most Students Receive College Credit for Accelerated Courses; Programs Reduce University Class Time, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-25 Most Acceleration Students Perform Well, But Outcomes Vary by Program Type, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-24 Acceleration Programs Provide Benefits But the Costs Are Relatively Expensive, published in March 2006.

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