The Advanced Placement® Advocates program engages AP teachers in the effort to provide access to opportunity for students across the country.
AP teachers know better than anyone the value of the AP Program to their students’ lives. The AP Advocates program creates a cadre of AP teachers to make the case for protecting and expanding AP in their schools and communities.
- Present leading policymakers with teacher views on the value of AP and the need for strong federal and state policies and funding support to ensure access for all students.
- Collaborate with other AP educators and the College Board government relations team and program staff to develop and strengthen policy recommendations to benefit AP students.
- Share personal, compelling messages about the power of AP to change lives and act as a resource for policymakers about AP in their state or district.
- Speak about the educational opportunities AP delivers to their students at events and in the media, including writing op-eds and letters to the editor.
Program Outreach Highlights
Over 1,600 advocates across 50 states have answered the call—and their work has made a difference.
Since 2014, AP Advocates have participated in the following:
- 25+ AP teacher and student advocacy days.
- Presentations on the benefits of AP, AP credit policies, AP Potential™, and PSAT/ NMSQT® at local city council meetings, the Florida Governor’s Summit on Education, the California Assembly Higher Education Committee, and more.
- Hundreds of calls, letters, email campaigns, and one-on-one meetings with local, state, and federal representatives to advance AP in their states.
The AP Advocates program has played a critical role in many legislative victories for students including:
- Arizona: Secured over $6 million for AP Exam fees, teacher professional development, and AP course expansion.
- Georgia: The Georgia General Assembly continued allocating state funds for AP Exams and the PSAT/NMSQT for 10th graders, along with approving an AP credit policy resolution.
- Kentucky: The state’s budget included an additional $2.6 million for AP Exam fees, bringing the total to $3.6 million ($1 million for low-income students).
- New York: Funding includes over $7 million for AP Exams for low-income students and AP course expansion.
- Texas: $21 million in biennial funding for AP that includes a $2.58 million appropriation for a one-time AP Computer Science Principles course start-up grant and statewide AP credit policy.
Our goal is to continue expanding this program, seek recommendations for additional members from teachers, and increase the opportunity for AP Advocates to affect policy changes at the state and national levels. If you’re an AP teacher with two or more years of experience, consider becoming an AP Advocate.
To join us, please complete this form.
View the AP Advocates Virtual Orientation.
Join the AP Alumni Network
If you’re a former AP student who is passionate about AP and would like to help promote the benefits of the AP Program, join the AP Alumni Network. Make your voice heard and share your experience with policymakers to increase educational opportunities for students nationwide.