Yesterday, State Rep. Jim Wilson’s bill to extend advanced placement coursework and testing to high school students in rural areas of Colorado received initial approval from the House of Representatives. Wilson’s Advanced Placement Incentives Pilot Program will create new opportunity and accelerate a college degree for students in rural areas.
“Gaining a head start in school should be based on a student’s ability and drive, not their zip code or economic status,” said Wilson, R-Salida. “This bill will help students reach their full potential and encourage their future success in achieving a post-secondary degree.”
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.
House Bill 1056 must pass a final recorded vote before it can move to the Senate for further consideration.