Elementary and Secondary Education

Share of Public High School Students Scoring 3 or Higher on at Least One Advanced Placement Exam: 2006

  • 1st quartile
    (22.7%–15.8%)
  • 2nd quartile
    (15.1%–11.1%)
  • 3rd quartile
    (10.5%–9.0%)
  • 4th quartile
    (8.4%–2.3%)

Quartiles

Share of public high school students scoring 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement Exam: 2006
 
1st Quartile
(22.7%–15.8%)
2nd Quartile
(15.1%–11.1%)
3rd Quartile
(10.5%–9.0%)
4th Quartile
(8.4%–2.3%)
 
California Alaska Arizona Alabama
Colorado Delaware Arkansas Hawaii
Connecticut Georgia District of Columbia 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 Rhode Island
Vermont South Carolina Oregon West Virginia
Virginia Texas South Dakota Wyoming
Wisconsin Washington Tennessee  
 
SOURCE: College Board, Advanced Placement Report to the Nation (various years). See Data Table.

Findings

  • Nationally, 14.8% of public school students in the class of 2006 demonstrated the ability to do college-level work by obtaining a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam, a significant increase over the 10.2% achieved by the class of 2000.
  • Students from all states demonstrated greater success on AP Exams in 2006 than in 2000, but this success was not uniformly distributed. In 2006, 21 states and the District of Columbia had percentages below the national average of 10.2% compared with 38 jurisdictions in 2000.
  • The percentage of students who are successful on AP Exams varies widely among states; state indicator values for public school students in the class of 2006 ranged from a low of 2.3% to a high of 22.7%. This wide range indicates that opportunities for advanced work are more readily available to students in certain states, and that these students are demonstrating college-level skills through successful completion of their AP programs.
  • Values of this indicator were higher for all states in 2006 than in 2000. Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Washington, and Florida showed the largest increases; class of 2006 members in these states exceeded the performance of class of 2000 participants by more than 6 percentage points.

Description

This indicator provides a measure of the extent to which high school students are successfully demonstrating their mastery of college-level material. It is defined as the percentage of U.S. public high school graduates who have scored 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) Exam. A high value on this indicator shows the extent to which students have been offered access to a rigorous curriculum and successfully mastered these requirements.

A total of 37 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. 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. Many colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for AP Exam grades of 3 or higher.

Data Table

Table 8-13
Share of public high school students scoring 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement Exam, by state: 2000, 2004, and 2006
(Percent)
 
State 2000 2004 2006
 
United States 10.2 13.2 14.8
Alabama 3.9 5.0 5.7
Alaska 10.1 10.8 12.6
Arizona 7.2 8.0 9.4
Arkansas 4.3 6.1 9.8
California 15.0 18.7 20.1
Colorado 12.2 16.2 17.9
Connecticut 13.6 17.6 19.4
Delaware 7.6 11.1 14.5
District of Columbia 6.6 8.2 9.6
Florida 13.5 19.2 19.6
Georgia 9.7 12.0 14.8
Hawaii 5.8 7.7 7.6
Idaho 6.5 8.1 9.7
Illinois 9.9 13.3 15.1
Indiana 6.0 7.7 9.2
Iowa 4.9 6.6 7.8
Kansas 4.4 6.3 7.7
Kentucky 5.5 7.7 9.4
Louisiana 1.9 2.5 2.3
Maine 10.1 12.8 14.4
Maryland 14.1 19.4 22.0
Massachusetts 14.5 18.1 19.8
Michigan 8.8 10.9 12.2
Minnesota 8.1 10.6 12.4
Mississippi 2.3 2.9 3.5
Missouri 3.7 5.3 6.3
Montana 6.8 8.8 10.0
Nebraska 3.2 4.0 5.8
Nevada 9.1 12.4 13.3
New Hampshire 9.2 10.9 13.6
New Jersey 12.9 15.5 16.6
New Mexico 6.1 8.1 9.0
New York 17.9 21.2 22.7
North Carolina 11.3 15.8 18.0
North Dakota 4.4 5.7 6.8
Ohio 7.1 9.4 10.5
Oklahoma 5.4 8.3 9.6
Oregon 7.1 8.8 10.4
Pennsylvania 8.3 10.1 11.1
Rhode Island 6.9 7.8 8.4
South Carolina 10.0 11.2 12.5
South Dakota 5.9 8.3 9.4
Tennessee 6.2 7.9 9.5
Texas 9.9 13.1 14.6
Utah 17.4 19.3 20.8
Vermont 11.5 14.0 16.3
Virginia 15.9 17.7 20.7
Washington 7.6 11.6 14.1
West Virginia 4.6 6.4 6.4
Wisconsin 10.5 13.7 15.8
Wyoming 3.8 6.7 6.6
 
Puerto Rico NA NA NA
 

NA = not available

NOTE: National average for United States is reported value in Advanced Placement Report to the Nation.

SOURCE: College Board, Advanced Placement Report to the Nation (various years).

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  • 1st quartile
    (22.7%–15.8%)
  • 2nd quartile
    (15.1%–11.1%)
  • 3rd quartile
    (10.5%–9.0%)
  • 4th quartile
    (8.4%–2.3%)

Quartiles

Share of public high school students scoring 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement Exam: 2006
 
1st Quartile
(22.7%–15.8%)
2nd Quartile
(15.1%–11.1%)
3rd Quartile
(10.5%–9.0%)
4th Quartile
(8.4%–2.3%)
 
California Alaska Arizona Alabama
Colorado Delaware Arkansas Hawaii
Connecticut Georgia District of Columbia 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 Rhode Island
Vermont South Carolina Oregon West Virginia
Virginia Texas South Dakota Wyoming
Wisconsin Washington Tennessee  
 
SOURCE: College Board, Advanced Placement Report to the Nation (various years). See Data Table.

Findings

  • Nationally, 14.8% of public school students in the class of 2006 demonstrated the ability to do college-level work by obtaining a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam, a significant increase over the 10.2% achieved by the class of 2000.
  • Students from all states demonstrated greater success on AP Exams in 2006 than in 2000, but this success was not uniformly distributed. In 2006, 21 states and the District of Columbia had percentages below the national average of 10.2% compared with 38 jurisdictions in 2000.
  • The percentage of students who are successful on AP Exams varies widely among states; state indicator values for public school students in the class of 2006 ranged from a low of 2.3% to a high of 22.7%. This wide range indicates that opportunities for advanced work are more readily available to students in certain states, and that these students are demonstrating college-level skills through successful completion of their AP programs.
  • Values of this indicator were higher for all states in 2006 than in 2000. Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Washington, and Florida showed the largest increases; class of 2006 members in these states exceeded the performance of class of 2000 participants by more than 6 percentage points.

Description

This indicator provides a measure of the extent to which high school students are successfully demonstrating their mastery of college-level material. It is defined as the percentage of U.S. public high school graduates who have scored 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) Exam. A high value on this indicator shows the extent to which students have been offered access to a rigorous curriculum and successfully mastered these requirements.

A total of 37 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. 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. Many colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for AP Exam grades of 3 or higher.

Data Table

Table 8-13
Share of public high school students scoring 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement Exam, by state: 2000, 2004, and 2006
(Percent)
 
State 2000 2004 2006
 
United States 10.2 13.2 14.8
Alabama 3.9 5.0 5.7
Alaska 10.1 10.8 12.6
Arizona 7.2 8.0 9.4
Arkansas 4.3 6.1 9.8
California 15.0 18.7 20.1
Colorado 12.2 16.2 17.9
Connecticut 13.6 17.6 19.4
Delaware 7.6 11.1 14.5
District of Columbia 6.6 8.2 9.6
Florida 13.5 19.2 19.6
Georgia 9.7 12.0 14.8
Hawaii 5.8 7.7 7.6
Idaho 6.5 8.1 9.7
Illinois 9.9 13.3 15.1
Indiana 6.0 7.7 9.2
Iowa 4.9 6.6 7.8
Kansas 4.4 6.3 7.7
Kentucky 5.5 7.7 9.4
Louisiana 1.9 2.5 2.3
Maine 10.1 12.8 14.4
Maryland 14.1 19.4 22.0
Massachusetts 14.5 18.1 19.8
Michigan 8.8 10.9 12.2
Minnesota 8.1 10.6 12.4
Mississippi 2.3 2.9 3.5
Missouri 3.7 5.3 6.3
Montana 6.8 8.8 10.0
Nebraska 3.2 4.0 5.8
Nevada 9.1 12.4 13.3
New Hampshire 9.2 10.9 13.6
New Jersey 12.9 15.5 16.6
New Mexico 6.1 8.1 9.0
New York 17.9 21.2 22.7
North Carolina 11.3 15.8 18.0
North Dakota 4.4 5.7 6.8
Ohio 7.1 9.4 10.5
Oklahoma 5.4 8.3 9.6
Oregon 7.1 8.8 10.4
Pennsylvania 8.3 10.1 11.1
Rhode Island 6.9 7.8 8.4
South Carolina 10.0 11.2 12.5
South Dakota 5.9 8.3 9.4
Tennessee 6.2 7.9 9.5
Texas 9.9 13.1 14.6
Utah 17.4 19.3 20.8
Vermont 11.5 14.0 16.3
Virginia 15.9 17.7 20.7
Washington 7.6 11.6 14.1
West Virginia 4.6 6.4 6.4
Wisconsin 10.5 13.7 15.8
Wyoming 3.8 6.7 6.6
 
Puerto Rico NA NA NA
 

NA = not available

NOTE: National average for United States is reported value in Advanced Placement Report to the Nation.

SOURCE: College Board, Advanced Placement Report to the Nation (various years).

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