State Rep. Jim Wilson’s bill to extend advanced placement coursework and testing to high school students in rural areas of Colorado passed the House Education Committee yesterday with bipartisan support. Wilson’s Advanced Placement Incentives Pilot Program will create new opportunities for students and accelerate a college degree.
“A head start in higher education should be determined by a student’s ability, not by where he or she grows up,” Wilson, R-Salida, said.
Qualifying schools that choose to participate in Wilson’s AP incentive program will receive $500 for every student that completes an AP class and takes the AP exam. Participating schools will also receive an additional $500 for every student that passes an AP exam. Wilson’s bill requires that all funds the pilot program provides be used to expand AP coursework and improve training for teachers.
“This measure challenges students and opens up new opportunities for them to excel,” Wilson added. “Every student in Colorado should have access to programs that accelerate a college degree, and this bill helps accomplish that goal.”
House Bill 1056 passed 11-2 and now moves to the House Appropriations Committee for further consideration.