Thousands of Michigan parents with high school students can soon expect a letter explaining that their students are qualifying for advanced courses to earn college credit during high school.
The Michigan Department of Education has partnered with the College Board to use the Advanced Placement Potential tool to identify students who are likely to score a 3 or higher on an AP exam based on the student’s performance in the spring 2022 Preliminary SAT 8/9 or PSAT 10.
Earning a 3 or higher on an AP exam can qualify high school students to receive college credit during high school.
“The letters to parents are a way to let them know that sophomores can take these rigorous classes and increase the number of students who are typically underrepresented in AP classes,” said State Superintendent Michael Rice. “Entering AP classes is another way for economically disadvantaged students to improve their chances of getting an academic scholarship.”
“This opportunity also assists students in earning college credit, which can help change a student’s sense of ability and life direction and reduce college costs,” he said
The College Board is a nonprofit organization founded in 1900 that connects students to college opportunities through various programs and services such as PSAT and SAT test assessments.
The tool used by the College Board compares the results of SAT suite and AP exams. It is a more efficient method than traditional factors such as high school grades and grades in the same specialty courses.
“Secondary school principals are always striving to expand opportunities for students to earn college credit in high school,” said Wendy Zdeb, executive director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals. “While there are many potential avenues, Advanced Placement courses offer an opportunity for families to ease the financial burden of post-secondary education.”
The College Board offers 38 AP courses in seven subject categories.
AP programs allow students to pursue college-level studies and take the relevant exams, which are administered once a year in May.
According to the Department of Education, 15 percent of Michigan high school students enrolled in an AP course in the 2021-22 school year.
“There is a significant number of students who can succeed in AP without high PSAT scores,” Rice said. “We want our children to challenge themselves and achieve the highest level of education with the support of educators.”