Advanced Academics April Newsletter

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Texas Education Agency


College, Career, and Military Prep

April 2020

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Advanced Academics

Advanced Academics includes courses, programs, assessments, services and supports that provide opportunities for students to demonstrate college and career readiness and earn postsecondary credit.

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19

TEA continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. The TEA website contains up-to-date guidance and academic supports.

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Resources and Review Sessions

The College Board is developing tools to mitigate the impact of school closures on students in the Advanced Placement Program. All AP students and teachers will be able to access and use the free online review resources provided to every student. Resources will be made easily accessible to AP students and teachers through mobile phones and other devices. These include free online AP lessons and review sessions from some of the top AP teachers in the country.

  • If a student does not have Internet or a device for AP review and testing? Request support here before April 24.
  • Link to Free Online AP Classes and ReviewQuick tips to access lessons: (1) select “Playlists” from the tool bar across the top, (2) Click the “All Playlist” drop-down for a list of subjects, (3) Select the “View Full Playlist” tab under any course to see all available sessions.
  • AP teachers who are already providing remote instruction can also continue to leverage AP Classroom. Within AP Classroom, free-response questions that were only available for in-classroom use due to security concerns will now be unlocked. Teachers will be able to assign questions to students digitally.

2020 AP Exam Administration

For the 2020 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered. Exams will be given from May 11-22 with makeup test available from June 1-5.

  • View the full 2020 AP testing schedule.
  • To help support teachers and schools that are struggling to collect and score student work for course grades, the College Board will provide every AP teacher with their students' responses from the online exams by May 26. 
  • AP Coordinators can register for live training on April 10 to learn more about exams.
  • Read more about 2020 AP testing and resources in the College Board's latest announcement at View as webpage.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The May 2020 examinations for the IB Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held. Depending on what a student registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate that reflects the student's standard of work. This is based on the student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.

Full details and FAQs can be found on the IB COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update page.

Dual Credit

Most colleges have moved their coursework online for students to complete at home either temporally or for the  remainder of the semester. It is important for dual credit instructors to connect with the college and college instructors of the course to ensure rigor and student outcomes are met.

The college must ensure that a dual credit course and the corresponding course offered at the main campus of the college are equivalent with respect to the curriculum, materials, instruction, and method/rigor of student evaluation. Regular academic policies, services and supports applicable to courses taught at the college's main campus must also apply to dual credit courses TAC Rule §4.85.


The College Board cancelled the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) were also canceled. Students who registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds. The June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration have not been cancelled; however, the College Board will continue to assess its status. The most current information regarding SAT administrations can be found on their SAT Coronavirus Updates website.

To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools at


ACT, Inc. rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT with instructions on rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. The most current information regarding ACT administrations can be found on their COVID-19 website.

Virtual resources for students include ACT Academy, a free online classroom with personalized practice, and ACT Online Prep, a highly targeted ACT preparatory program that students can now access at a reduced price of $9.98/person.


For all TSIA 1.0 testing, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is encouraging testing centers to utilize Examity, College Board's Online proctoring partner. Examity is offering a reduced proctor fee of $20 per test session. The THECB expects services to be live starting April 17, 2020, and to move quickly to full capacity by end of April.  They also expect to add more remote proctor options as they become available.

Additionally, the TSIA2 release date is postponed to 9/28/20. All TSIA 2.0 trainings through May 31, 2020 are cancelled. The THECB is working to reschedule all sessions as well as exploring alternative delivery methods. All institutions will be notified with new training dates once they have been established.

For more information, THECB has a website that is regularly updated with COVID-19 sensitive information. Please check their website and FAQs frequently as this is an evolving situation.

House Bill 3 Reimbursements

In light of this rapidly evolving situation, TEA decided to expand the college preparation assessment reimbursements to include summer testing administrations for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Eligible Students for Reimbursement

  • Seniors who take either the SAT, ACT, or TSIA from September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 are eligible for reimbursement.
  • Juniors who take either the SAT, ACT, or TSIA from January 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020 are eligible for reimbursement.

TEA will also reimburse TSIA proctor fees for the 2019-2020 school year. The reimbursement FAQ will provide additional updates on the webpage as they come.