Several amendments were made to this provision (effective June 30, 2013):
· Allows a waiver of the A+ Algebra I EOC requirement for a student when the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has waived its testing requirement for that student. This will primarily affect transfer students that took Algebra I at an out-of-state or private school.
· Expands eligibility to students scoring proficient or advanced on higher level DESE-approved mathematics end-of-course exams. This includes the Geometry and Algebra II exams.
· Establishes achievement of minimum scores on the ACT math sub-test as the alternate eligibility criterion for students that do not meet the end-of-course requirement (Algebra I or higher level). This option is available to students before or after high school graduation. In addition, the revision specifies post-secondary students may receive reimbursement for the term in which the qualifying score is achieved, provided the student has established eligibility prior to the institution’s request for reimbursement. This provision provides the maximum possible benefit for students regardless of when they establish eligibility. It replaces the previous alternative that allowed a student to qualify based on completion of 12 credit hours at the student’s expense with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. The current minimum score set by the Missouri Department of Higher education for the ACT is a math sub-score of 17. New changes for the class of 2017 and beyond include the following "sliding scale" for the math subtest for ACT and GPA.
· Identifies the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) is responsible for annually establishing minimum scores for alternate eligibility. For more information, please visit the Missouri Department of Higher Education's (MDHE) webpage: http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php