(37.2% – 28.4%)
(27.6% – 21.2%)
(21.1% – 15.3%)
(15.0% – 8.4%)
|California||District of Columbia||Hawaii‡||Arizona|
|Maine‡||New Mexico‡||New Hampshire‡||Mississippi‡|
|New York||Texas||Pennsylvania||North Dakota‡|
|North Carolina||Utah||South Dakota‡||Rhode Island‡|
|‡ EPSCoR state
SOURCE: College Board, Advanced Placement Report to the Nation. See Data Table.
Participation in the Advanced Placement (AP) program provides a measure of the extent to which a rigorous curriculum is available to and used by high school students. This indicator measures the percentage of students in the graduating class who have taken one or more AP Exams. This percentage is calculated by dividing the number of students in the graduating class who have taken at least one AP Exam by the total number of students in the graduating class.
Throughout the United States, nearly 758,000 public school students from the class of 2008 took nearly 2.2 million AP Exams during their high school careers. Generally, students who take AP Exams have completed a rigorous course of study in a specific subject area in high school with the expectation of obtaining college credit or advanced placement. AP Exams were taken most frequently in U.S. history, English literature and composition, English language and composition, calculus AB, and U.S. government and politics.
In the 50 states and the District of Columbia, students from the class of 2008 attended 12,323 U.S. public schools that participated in the AP program. This represented 79% of the public high schools in the United States. These schools make an average of 10 different AP courses available to their students.
|Share of public high school students taking Advanced Placement Exams, by state: 2000, 2004, and 2008|
|District of Columbia||17.3||23.1||26.3|
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).
Science and Engineering Indicators 2010