Rigorous High School Programs

All Minnesota students need to be prepared to move successfully from middle school to high school and into an increasingly wide array of postsecondary options. The Minnesota Department of Education helps Minnesota students and educators address the opportunities and new expectations of the 21st century, including global competition, rapidly changing technologies, and the emergence of careers unheard of a generation ago.

We provide and support the development of quality tools and strategies, centralize and disseminate resources, and develop and promote models that successfully implement multiple pathways to postsecondary training or college.

The Minnesota Legislature appropriated $4.5 million dollars to provide financial incentives to schools for student exam subsidies and teacher training for the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides opportunities for rigorous, challenging learning as part of the regular course offerings for public and non-public students in secondary schools. Scholarships are available for public and non-public teachers attending in-depth summer AP training.

AP Exam subsidies are available for public and non-public school students for both fee-reduced (low-income) and non-fee-reduced students. The state will reimburse $53 per exam for category one (fee-reduced, low-income) students and $40 per exam for exams taken by category two (non-fee-reduced) students in 2014-2015 school year.

To qualify for exam fee reimbursement for your students, each school must complete and submit the 2014-2015 Advanced Placement Program Application by April 17, 2015, followed by submitting the College Board’s AP Exam: Stave Copy invoice by June 15, 2015. Schools are responsible for adhering to all deadlines in order to receive reimbursement for qualifying student exams. Policy and procedures for AP Exam Reimbursement can be found below.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is recognized as a superior education, preparing students for rigorous academic work so they may succeed at postsecondary institutions around the world. The program encourages students to think from an international perspective while first developing an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. Students learn a second language and develop the skills to live and work with others internationally—essential for life in the 21st century.

Information on teacher training, as well as program policies and procedures for both programs is available in our Related Resources section.