Senate passes Lawson’s bill requiring public higher education to accept AP course test scores for college course credit


            STATE HOUSE – The Senate today approved legislation (2022-S 2279A) sponsored by Sen. Valarie J. Lawson (D-Dist. 14, East Providence) which would require the state’s higher education institutions to accept for college credit an Advanced Placement (AP) subject test score of three or better in an AP course.

            “As costs continue to rise, higher education is no exception and this bill will help our students and families decrease the costs required for attaining a degree.   The numerous educational benefits that AP courses provide to our students are well documented and students who take AP classes have already demonstrated the educational drive to challenge themselves and stay engaged with their school work.  This bill will ensure that their hard work pays off in college credits that will save themselves and their families significant dollars when tuition bills arrive,” said Senator Lawson.

            The act would also direct the commissioner of Postsecondary Education to annually collect data related to awarding college credit to students who receive test scores of three or higher on advanced placement courses.

            Cosponsors of the legislation are Sens. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket), Alana M. DiMario (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown), Melissa A. Murray (D-Dist. 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield), Frank A. Ciccone (D-Dist. 7, Providence, North Providence), Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland), Frank A. Lombardo (D-Dist. 25, Johnston), James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton), Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence) and Dawn Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown).

            The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.