The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is pleased to announce the continuation of the Arkansas Advanced Placement Computer Science A Incentive Program. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of qualifying scores (3, 4, or 5) on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science (CS) A exam. This program will not apply to the College Board AP CS Principles exam or any other exam.
Under this program Arkansas students and schools may be eligible to receive a tiered monetary incentive/reward when the student receives one computer science flex credit for successfully completing an AP CS A course in an Arkansas public school and makes a qualifying score on the AP CS A exam taken between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. The tiered rewards are as follows:
For a qualifying score of 5 on the AP CS A exam, an Arkansas public school student can receive up to $1000.00, with the school receiving up to $250.00,
For a qualifying score of 4 on the AP CS A exam, an Arkansas public school student can receive up to $750.00, with the school receiving up to $150.00, and
For a qualifying score of 3 on the AP CS A exam, an Arkansas public school student can receive up to $250.00, with the school receiving up to $50.00.
Student scores will be verified by official College Board data shared with ADE during the fall of 2023. Payments to schools/students will be processed by January 27, 2024. Student award payments will be sent to the school district for distribution.
Each student may only receive any of the above awards once, and teachers may not receive multiple awards for the same student.
ADE is anticipating an allocation of up to $175,000.00 for this sixth year of the incentive program. This incentive program may be canceled and/or incentive amounts, including individual award amounts, are subject to change at the discretion of ADE, with or without advanced notice, and is subject to available funding and allowable appropriation of funds.
This is Computer Science Education Week. Arkansas is releasing a new Computer Science related announcement and/or commitment each day of this week. For a full listing of the announcements as they are made, please visit the ADE Computer Science Website at: https://csforar.info/CompSciEdWeek