AP Course Taking And Passage Soars
Form College Board:
Today we are releasing the College Board’s 10th Annual AP® Report to the Nation, which shows that state leaders and educators are making significant progress in expanding both access to and success in Advanced Placement®, and, by doing so, are providing opportunity to more students every year.
|Our new data show that, over the past decade, the number of students who took AP Exams in high school has doubled and the number of low-income students taking AP has more than quadrupled. We are delighted to see that this expansion in AP participation has also resulted in a significant increase in the number of AP Exam scores of 3 or higher, which is the score typically required for college credit or placement. This is a tribute to the hard work of educators and students, and it underlines our conviction that all students who are academically prepared — no matter their location, background, or socioeconomic status — deserve the opportunity to access the rigor and benefits of AP.|
|Though challenges remain, progress is being made to close equity gaps in AP participation and success among underrepresented minority students. Over the past school year:|
|•||Thirty states made progress in African American representation among AP Exam takers and those scoring 3 or higher.|
|•||Twenty-eight states made progress in Hispanic/Latino representation among AP Exam takers and those scoring 3 or higher.|
|Data from the report also show that nearly 300,000 academically prepared students in this country either did not take a course in an available AP subject for which they had potential, or attended a school that did not offer an AP course in that subject.|