Southwest DeKalb High School is one of just 14 schools recognized by the College Board today for leading the nation in helping African American and/or Latino students to succeed on Advanced Placement exams. It is the only Georgia school on the list.
Sponsored by the College Board, AP classes are college-level courses taught in high schools. Students who want college credit must take an exam in each class, and typically score a 3 or higher on a 5-scale to obtain college credit. (Colleges differ on which scores they require.)
According to the College Board:
More than half a million public school students from the class of 2010 scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during high school, nearly double the number of successful students from the class of 2001, and exceeding the total number of students from the class of 2001 who took AP Exams . As research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience stronger college outcomes than otherwise comparable non-AP peers, the data in this year’s report show how educators are enhancing the college readiness of our nation’s students by preparing them to take AP classes and succeed on AP Exams.
“Over the last decade we’ve seen a remarkable increase in the number of high school graduates participating and succeeding in AP,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation highlights the successes educators have achieved in helping students from a wide variety of backgrounds gain access to, and be successful in, college-level AP course work. AP can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math. We are excited that more parents, students, educators and policymakers are recognizing these possibilities.”
- Nearly 17 percent of public high school students from the class of 2010 completed high school with at least one successful AP experience.
- Though still underrepresented in AP classrooms, more minority students experienced success in AP than ever before.
- More low-income students participated and succeeded in AP than in previous years.
- More students are succeeding on AP science and math exams today than took these exams 10 years ago.
- The top 10 states with the greatest proportion of their seniors from the class of 2010 having at least one successful AP experience were: Maryland (26.4 percent), New York (24.6 percent), Virginia (23.7 percent), Connecticut (23.2 percent), Massachusetts (23.1 percent), California (22.3 percent), Florida (22.3 percent), Vermont (21.8 percent), Colorado (21.4 percent) and Utah (19.2 percent).
- The states with the greatest five-year increases in the percentage of seniors scoring 3 or higher on an AP Exam were: Vermont, Florida, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Colorado, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Washington.
Congrats to Southwest DeKalb.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog