Chapter 8: State Indicators

Elementary and Secondary Education

Select Indicator:

Quartiles | Findings | Description

Share of public high school students scoring 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement Exam: 2004


Share of public high school students scoring 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement Exam: 2004


Share of Public High School Students Scoring 3 or Higher on at Least One Advanced Placement Exam: 2004.

Quartiles


Share of public high school students scoring 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement Exam: 2004*

 
1st Quartile
(21.2%–13.7%)
2nd Quartile
(13.3%–10.1%)
3rd Quartile
(9.4%–7.7%)
4th Quartile
(6.7%–2.5%)
 
California Alaska Arizona Alabama
Colorado Delaware District of Columbia Arkansas
Connecticut Georgia Hawaii Iowa
Florida Illinois Idaho Kansas
Maryland Maine Indiana Louisiana
Massachusetts Michigan Kentucky Mississippi
New Jersey Minnesota Montana Missouri
New York Nevada New Mexico Nebraska
North Carolina New Hampshire Ohio North Dakota
Utah Pennsylvania Oklahoma West Virginia
Vermont South Carolina Oregon Wyoming
Virginia Texas Rhode Island  
Wisconsin Washington South Dakota  
    Tennessee  
 
*States in alphabetical order, not data order.

SOURCE: College Board, Advanced Placement Report to the Nation: 2005. See table 8-12.

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Findings

  • Nationally, 13.2 % of public school students in the class of 2003 demonstrated the ability to do college level work by obtaining a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam, compared with 10.2% of the class of 2000.

  • Values for public school students in individual states for the class of 2004 ranged from a low of 2.5% to a high of 21.2%. Fourteen states exceeded the national average.

  • Values were higher for all states in 2004 than in 2000. Florida and Maryland showed the largest increases; class of 2004 members in the two states exceeded the performance of class of 2000 participants by more than 5 percentage points.

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Description

High school students can demonstrate their ability to master college-level material through their performance on Advanced Placement (AP) Exams that cover specific subject areas. A total of 34 different AP Exams are offered each spring by the College Board. The exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 3 representing a range of work equivalent to midlevel B to midlevel C performance in college. Many colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for AP Exam grades of 3 or higher.

To prepare for the AP Exam in a subject area, most students enroll in an AP class that employs a curriculum of high academic intensity. Scoring a 3 or higher indicates that the student has mastered the content of at least one such course of rigorous academic intensity at a level that would be acceptable in college. Performance on AP Exams is considered by many colleges and universities to be one of the best predictors of success in college. A high value on this indicator shows the extent to which the class of 2004 has been offered access to a rigorous curriculum and has successfully mastered the requirements.

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