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 represents the percentage of students in the graduating class who have taken one or more AP Exams.
Throughout the United States, nearly 853,000 public school students from the class of 2010 took nearly 2.5 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.
Students from the class of 2010 attended 12,705 U.S. public schools that participated in the AP program. These schools make an average of 10 different AP courses available to their students.
|Public high school students taking Advanced Placement Exams, by state: 2000, 2005, and 2010|
|District of Columbia||17.3||27.0||25.1|
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 2012
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