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 College Readiness and Talent Development (AP, SAT, PSAT, ACT, IB)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​New Updates COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We have linked the specific pages for College Board, International Baccalaureate and ACT that address the impacts of COVID-19 below. Please check these pages for the most up-to-date information.

Overview of Programs

The Georgia Department of Education is dedicated to the goals of improving student achievement on high stakes college entrance tests such as the SAT and the ACT and to providing students more opportunities for rigorous coursework through Advanced Placement courses. The College Readiness unit works to ensure college and workplace readiness for all students by providing professional learning and technical assistance to teachers, counselors, and administrators.

Over the past ten academic years, the increase in the number of Georgia students benefitting from Advanced Placement (AP) courses being offered in their high schools has been dramatic.  Please see the 2021 AP State of the State​ for more information.

Advanced Placement

May 2020

May 2008

Georgia Public School students enrolled in AP courses




Georgia Public School students completing at least one AP exam




Number of AP exams taken by Georgia Public School students




AP Honor Schools
The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008. This recognition began with three categories: AP Access and Support Schools; AP Challenge Schools; and AP Merit Schools. AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011, and the AP Humanities category was added in 2015. In 2020, two new categories were added: AP Humanities Achievement and AP Expansion Schools. The AP Merit Schools category was renamed to AP Schools of Distinction. For a listing of 2021 AP Honor Schools, please see the AP Information Page for School Personnel​

Information for School Personnel

​New Updates

College Readiness and Talent Development Grant Opportunities

To enhance access to accelerated and integrated learning for students, GaDOE is awarding 4 grants from the College Readiness and Talent Development team for a total of $330,000. RFPs are available for the following grants: Advanced Placeme​​nt Teacher Mentor Grant​​, AP Pipeline Grant​, Building Teacher Capacity for Accelerated and Integrated Learning RESA Grant​, and Summer Bridge Program Grant for Rural Districts​.

Grant Training Videos

AP Teacher Mentor Grant & AP Pipeline Grant

Building Teacher Capacity for Accelerated and Integrated Learning RESA Grant

Summer Bridge Program Grant for Rural Districts​

​Important Links

Information for Students and Parents

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 Contact Information

Mary Jean Banter​
Interim Program Manager

Martha Smith​
Program Specialist

(404) 823-4901​​​​