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Modifying Advanced Placement Program Incentive Funding Could Produce Significant Cost Savings, Report No. 09-12, February 2009
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Florida’s Advanced Placement (AP) program is funded through the Florida Education Finance Program as well as through incentive funding provided to school districts. While instructional costs for AP courses are similar to other high school courses, school districts incur additional costs for students who seek college credit for their AP coursework. However, the amount of incentive funding provided by the state greatly exceeds these required additional costs. The Legislature could consider several options to better align funding with program costs, which would save the state between $25 million and $30 million while providing sufficient funding to districts to pay required program costs.

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Acceleration Programs

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  • 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. 08-70 Student Participation in Acceleration Programs Has Increased; Legislature Has Taken Steps to Reduce Program Costs,published in December 2008.
  • Report No. 06-27 State’s High School Acceleration Programs Are Funded Through a Variety of Sources,published in March 2006.
  • 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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