In years past, Oakland Tech has been able to pay AP test fees for kids who take the exams at the end of their school year. In 2018, due to severe midyear budget cuts initiated by OUSD, there's no money left to cover AP fees, which are $94 per kid, per test.
For some Tech families, that's not a hardship. For many, many more families at Tech, that's a significant burden, especially if their kids are taking >1 AP. This may result in students who have taken AP classes all year long opting NOT to take the exam - thereby losing the chance for college credits or to prove that they're capable of college level work.
This is where income inequality leads to opportunity inequality. And the Oakland Tech community is better than that.
I've learned from the Tech administration that we need to raise $7000 to cover AP testing fees for all students in AP classes this year (minus a modest $10/test contribution that they'd like students to pay, to have some skin in the game.) **Edited 3/21 by Nancy - Ms. Taylor has explained the exact $ amount that kids will pay is being reviewed after the outpouring of donations so this may change. We have also upped our goal to $20k so that we can cover all test for the neediest families, even if the kids take >1 AP.** **Edited 3/22 by Nancy - let's up the goal to $25k and see how many more kids/tests we can cover!**
If you'd like to be part of making AP exam testing affordable for our students in 2018, please contribute what you can, and please spread the word. Ideally, OUSD will take back the responsibility for funding this, but we have an immediate need in 2018 to reassure students that they'll be able to afford a test they've worked all year to prepare for.
Thank you for your generosity!
Nancy Kho, parent of Bulldogs class of 2016 and 2019
- Glynis Mason
- Bobbie Vaughn