The Link above takes the reader to the US Dept. ED website and discusses how Delaware will be one the the states receiving grants to help cover the cost of Low Income students taking the AP exams offered in our public schools. Many high schools including my own Milford High offer several AP classes to their students who qualify for the advanced programs, and each of these finishes with a final exam that costs the taker (or parents) approx. $45.00/ per exam taken. My concerns with these grants is not in how the funding is spent or who may be helped by them, but in that Delaware Public Schools are making this test a requirement for passing the classes.
Therefore, families who don’t meet the income requirements but who are still struggling with maybe two parents working just to make ends meet are required to foot the bill for these required test without assistance! In my mind that is basically another school tax being laid on the backs of the working middle-class, and what adds to the frustration is that if the students are not prepared by the schools properly the results are not acceptable to the colleges. However, the private company that sells the test to the schools (by the way its the same one who sells the SAT s) still collects its fees whether the students see any benefit from taking the test. If Public Schools are requiring students to take the test as part of the class for a grade then like text books should not the cost for all students be covered?