Roebuck advanced-placement bill passes House; would mean big tuition savings for many students, families

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, welcomed today's House passage of his advanced-placement bill.

Roebuck's bill (H.B. 1022), introduced with Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, would expand Pennsylvania's Transfer and Articulation Program to include credits for matriculating college freshmen who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) exams in high school with scores that qualify them for college course credits. The bill would cover community colleges and the 14 universities in the State System of Higher Education.

The legislation passed the House last session. It would ensure that high school students who have taken Advanced Placement courses and obtained a score of 3 or more on the AP exam would receive college course credit from Pennsylvania public institutions of higher education. The bill also would include students who have achieved sufficient scores in exams for an International Baccalaureate Diploma, the College-Level Examination Program or DANTES subject standardized tests.

"This legislation would relieve some of the financial burden on college students and parents by eliminating the need to pay for duplicate courses. The awarding of these credits would save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition costs and lead more students to graduate from college in four years," Roebuck said.

"Another benefit to both the state and parents would be the increased likelihood that these students would graduate on time and not have to seek further state grants or loans to finish college," Roebuck said.

"For example, students who take AP courses are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time, whether a two-year degree or four-year degree, and they have higher retention rates and a higher first-year grade-point average in college compared to non-AP peers."