This indicator represents the extent to which high school students are successfully demonstrating mastery of college-level material in specific disciplines. State scores on this indicator reflect students' access to rigorous coursework as well as their success in comprehending and using it. The indicator value 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. Many colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Students who score a 3 or higher typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates.
A total of 33 different AP Exams are offered each spring by the College Board. The exams include a multiple choice section and a free response section. 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. Performance on AP Exams has been shown in research to be one of the best predictors of success in college.
|Public high school students scoring 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement Exam, by state: 2000, 2005, and 2010|
|District of Columbia||6.6||8.7||6.9|
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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