The Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) was established in 2001 and is administered by the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center. The program provides advanced placement (AP) courses to all high schools in Iowa with an emphasis on small/rural schools. IOAPA also provides training for Iowa teachers to deliver AP courses in their home schools and is critical in helping Iowa meet the requirements of the Senior Year plus statute.
Since the establishment of IOAPA, over 13,000 Iowa students have taken AP courses online with impressive completion/pass rates ranging between 89-96%. Largely due to the success of IOAPA, Iowa’s rank went from 45th to 27th nationally in terms of percentage of schools offering AP. The U.S. Department of Education selected IOAPA as one of the nation’s top six programs to feature in a special report regarding online courses for advanced learners.
Iowa students have performed above the national average on AP exams every year since 2001. In 2015 Iowa students ranked 17th nationally on AP exam performance. Students in all Iowa schools now have access to AP and thus geography no longer dictates opportunity.
Salaries and Benefits: Salaries and benefits are estimated at $133,736 for FY 2019. This includes costs for 1.3 FTE in addition to graduate assistants who provide support to the program.
Supplies and Services: In FY 2019 the budget is estimated at $336,557. Included in this total is travel, curriculum guides for teachers, pre-AP and post-AP curriculum materials, online course contracts, and expenses for mentors and teacher training institutes.
Travel is required for the continuation of local school partnership development, program improvement, pursuit of external funding opportunities, and updates on the cutting edge resources/technology and requirements for the Advanced Placement Program.
Key to IOAPA activities is the purchase of four online products from Apex Learning and Edhesive, leading providers of digital curriculum for secondary education. The company’s comprehensive, standards-based online courses help schools successfully engage all students in rigorous coursework and prepare them for high school graduation and beyond.