In an attempt to be better provider to low-income student, the state will choose the tab by taking Advanced Placement exams in technology, science, engineering and math subjects this year after the federal government ended providing dedicated funding.

Last week morning, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced at an Everett Chamber of Commerce Breakfast that the STEM Advisory Council will cover the costs of coming tests for low-income Massachusetts students, with an allocation of approximately $326,000.

“We know this was a great concern for many educators, students and their families, and we are very happy that the STEM Advisory Council agreed to help,” Polito, the advisory council’s co-chair, asserted in a statement.

There will be a one-time funding which could be used to pay AP exam fees in chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, environmental science, calculus, and is anticipated to cover the costs for all low-income students taking the tests across the state, according to the Baker administration. Without federal money, exams would otherwise cost low-income students USD53 each, or USD15 if their school subsidizes part of the cost.

Since 1998, the federal government had granted states with committed funding to offset the costs of AP exams for low-income students, according to the College Board, which allots the exams through which high school students can earn college credit.


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