Cost wont keep any Washington student from taking IB AP exams

first_imgTeacher David Quinn worried for months that some of his students might not be able to pay to take the exams they must pass to earn the rigorous International Baccalaureate diploma.With no federal funding available this year, the Edmonds-Woodway IB coordinator agonized over the possibility that his low-income students probably couldn’t afford the full fee themselves. Coordinators for International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs across the state had the same concern.So when Quinn found out earlier this month that the fees would be covered in full, he said he started crying at his desk from relief. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib had pledged to raise money to help the students, and succeeded in getting about $400,000 in donations. Another $400,000 came from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.That means about 15,000 low-income students from across the state will have their exam fees covered this spring. And while they usually end up paying about $15 per test, this year they won’t have to pay anything.Habib “has displayed the kind of educational and policy leadership that the students in our state have been waiting to see for years,” Quinn said. “This is an amazing opportunity for low-income students and families, and I am confident that this will promote high achievement.”last_img

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