Tennessee used $10 million in federal relief funds to create the AP Access for ALL program, which will provide students across the state access to virtual Advanced Placement (AP) courses. In its first year, the program offered 15 AP courses reaching 1,806 students across the state. The program eliminates financial barriers and supports student enrollment in AP coursework not offered at their high school. The courses are recorded, giving schools the flexibility to create a schedule for the virtual AP courses that works with their master schedule and that of their students. Teachers can check students’ course status at any time through an online grading system and standardized reports are sent out monthly to help track student progress. All participating students must agree to take the AP exam at the end of the course.
We are spotlighting this because research suggests that AP classes can help students get ahead in their college coursework, increase the likelihood of students’ attainment and persistence toward a college degree, and can reduce the amount of time spent toward earning that degree. Meanwhile, not all students have the same access to AP courses, making the use of recovery funds to help expand AP courses to more students across Tennessee a sound investment.