Wednesday, October 31, 2018

AO Submission Deadline Approaching

Greeting to all Advanced Opportunities Personnel,

Fall Submission Deadline: It’s that time of year that time of year that the AO submission is just around the corner.  Please work with your partner colleges and universities to ensure that all of your course submissions are turned into the SDE by November 9th, 2018.  In the meantime, please note that next week is a data freeze window that restricts access to only college users.  This means that all school and district personnel should have their AO data finalized by this coming Friday, November 2nd.  If you plan on making any edits next week, this can only be done with the permission of college and university personnel.  At the end of the week, you should be at 100% and have the ability to submit your data to the SDE.  If you already have a 100% match please feel free to submit funding requests earlier. The AO support team will be available to work with you and assist you in meeting these deadlines.  

AP Update:

·         Exam Cost: Last week I had the opportunity to attend the AP policy colloquium for state leads and am happy to bring some updates to the field.  For this year, the AP exam fees will stay the same ($94). If your school district is interested in offering or expanding your school’s AP offerings please contact Idaho’s representative Stephen McCue at  This is particularly advantageous for high schools who struggle with teacher credentialing at the dual credit level. By expanding AP, student still have options to receive college credit. Feel free to contact Stephen and he can give you or your administrators more information.

·         Exam Deadline: Many of you may be aware that the College Board has moved up the deadline for signing up for AP exams for next school year.  The deadline will be November 15th. All exams that are requested later in the year will have a late fee, which cannot be covered by Fast Forward funds. Please be ready for this change to avoid late fees in the future.

·         Pre-AP: Additionally, the College Board is currently accepting applications for pilot schools who are interested in implementing pre-AP.  This is a model that is typically found in 8-10th grade that prepares all students for AP rigor classes. It provides opportunities for professional development for your teachers, and also allows a mechanism for ALL students to have an AP experience before they try the real thing. You can find more information at

Idaho Support & Prevention Conference: What many of you know as the “Sun Valley Conference” is currently accepting presentation proposals until December 3rd. If you are interested in presenting at this event, please navigate to the conference website.

Thank you for all your hard work in helping Idaho student succeed!


Tina Polishchuk

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