Assessment Coach: Kim Nelson | firstname.lastname@example.org
AP Exam Opt-Out Information
Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,
As part of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) FY 2018 Approved Budget, FCPS adopted new fees for high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. These fees remain in effect for the 2018-2019 school year. Complete information can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/activityandtestfees
AP/IB Test Fees
- The fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken by each student for courses in which they are also enrolled for high school credit or are auditing will be paid by FCPS. The number of AP/IB tests is cumulative over a student’s academic career in FCPS and this year’s count will include all previously funded exams. AP/IB tests taken outside of FCPS are not included in the cumulative count.
- Students who choose to take one or more AP/IB tests beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee of $93 per AP test and $119 per IB test.
- Students taking one or more AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding course will be responsible for the test fee(s) and these test(s) will not count towards their six FCPS-funded tests.
- Opt-outs and course drops after February 1, 2019 and/or exam day no-shows:
- Will be charged $15 each for the FCPS-funded tests.
- Will be charged $93 each if beyond the six FCPS-funded tests.
- IB test fees were billed in December 2018 and AP test fees will be billed in April 2019.
- Parents/guardians can pay fees online using a debit or credit card or electronic check through MySchoolBucks (http://www.myschoolbucks.com).
- Students who qualify for the free and reduced-price meals program and have submitted the consent to share their free and reduced-price status will not be charged for these fees.
- Students and families who are undergoing economic hardships and are financially unable to pay the student fees may be eligible for assistance per Regulation 2135, Assistance to Students, and must contact Kim Nelson by February 1, 2019.
While FCPS encourages all students to take AP/IB tests for courses in which they are enrolled, students will have the opportunity to opt out of the test(s) using the forms distributed in AP classes and according to the process below.
- By Monday, January 14, 2019, students will be provided with the opt-out form and a report of their current and cumulative AP/IB test history to assist in the decision-making process.
- Completed opt-out forms must be returned to Mary Halfhill in Student Services NO LATER THAN 3:00pm on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019. Classroom teachers cannot collect the forms.
- Students who do not return a signed opt-out form by February 1, 2019 will be registered for all AP/IB tests associated with current courses and will be charged fees as outlined above.
Please contact Kim Nelson (email@example.com), AP Coordinator, if you have additional questions.
Notification of Testing for SOL EOC Assessments
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Your child may be taking one or more Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course (EOC) Tests during the 2018-2019 school year. Most of these tests will be given in the spring. It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your child’s school as soon as possible.
The purpose of SOL testing is to provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, school division, and state. In most cases, test scores are available for parents by the end of the school year. More information about how and when you will receive your child’s scores will be shared closer to these dates.
Under Virginia law, SOL EOC tests are available in the following high school courses:
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2
- Earth Science
- English 11 (or equivalent)*
- Virginia and United States History
- World History 1
- World History 2
*The English 11 SOL test consists of two components: multiple choice and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, both components must be completed.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires high school students enrolled in these courses to take the EOC test if the student needs a verified credit for graduation or if the student has not yet met federal testing requirements (1 Math, 1 Reading, and 1 Biology SOL attempt taken during grades 9-12). Students who have met the testing requirements for graduation and federal accountability are not allowed to test.
The Virginia Board of Education has approved various “substitute” tests and set the minimum score that must be achieved for the purpose of awarding verified credit to students. For more information about substitute tests, please contact your child’s counselor. Please note that substitute tests do not fulfill the federal testing requirements outlined above.
If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s counselor or Kim Nelson, West Springfield High School Assessment Coach, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-913-3812.