7 Things to Know about the AP Program Results: Class of 2017
7 Things to Know about the AP Program Results: Class of 2017Maria Alcon-Heraux, Director, Media Relations
Today, the College Board released the AP Program Results: Class of 2017. Among other data, the report highlights Advanced Placement (AP) participation and performance among public high school students who graduated in 2017, ranks states based on their participation and success on AP exams, and examines how AP Computer Science Principles is engaging more students—and a more diverse set of students—in computer science.
Here are the top takeaways:
1. Over the last 10 years, both the number of U.S. public high school graduates who’ve taken an AP Exam and the number who have scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam have increased by about 70%.
2. AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP), offered for the first time in the 2016-17 school year, has dramatically expanded access to advanced computer science education. In 2007, 20,041 students took an AP Computer Science exam, and by 2016 that number had only grown to 57,937; but in 2017, after just one year of AP CSP, that number rose to 103,797 unique students.
3. With the launch of AP CSP, the number of females who took an AP computer science course more than doubled, as did the number of Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, and rural students. Today, a more diverse group of students have exposure to computer science and have broadened their understanding of how it might play into their future career.
4. In addition, students’ performance on the AP CSP Exam exceeded expectations. Overall, 74.5% of students scored 3 or higher on the 2017 AP CSP Exam. At the same time, the number of females earning a 3 or higher on an AP computer science exam also doubled and the number of Hispanic/Latino and Black/African American students scoring a 3 or higher almost tripled.
5. For the second year in a row, Massachusetts leads the nation in the percentage of students from the class of 2017 taking and succeeding in AP. In Massachusetts, more than 32% of public school graduates from the class of 2017 participated in AP and scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam. This represents a 12.9 percentage-point increase from 2007, making it the state with the largest 10-year increase in AP performance.
6. Both Nevada and Rhode Island showed noteworthy growth as well. The report shows Nevada had both the largest 5-year and 3-year increases in the percentage of public high school graduates earning a 3 or higher on an AP Exam. And Rhode Island sustained marked growth over the past decade—it was the only state in the top five this year for one-, three-, five-, and 10-year growth in the percentage of public high school graduates earning a 3 or higher on an AP Exam.
7. Lastly, here are the top 10 states with the highest percentage of 2017 public high school graduates scoring a 3 or higher on an AP Exam during high school:
New Jersey 28.0%
New York 27.8%
For more information about the AP Program Results: Class of 2017, check out the full report.