Advanced Placement Program Results 2016: States Propel Students to Success
Advanced Placement Program Results 2016: States Propel Students to SuccessCollege Board Communications
We are pleased to announce today the release of The AP Program Results: Class of 2016. We've seen an increase in both the participation and passing rates of the high school graduating class of 2016, showing that equity and excellence can go hand in hand.
“There is a widespread belief in education that it is impossible to expand access while maintaining high performance. The AP Program tells a different story,” said David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board. “Across the country AP participation rates are rising, as are passing rates for AP Exams. State and district leaders who have acted decisively to increase AP access are seeing those efforts pay off for students.”
The data show the number of public high school students taking at least one AP Exam has almost doubled in the last 10 years, from 645,000 students in the class of 2006 to 1.1 million in the class of 2016. And since 2006, the percentage of U.S. students taking AP classes and then earning a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam has grown by 7.6 points, from 14.3% to 21.9% of public high school graduates.
We congratulate Massachusetts, who for the first time led the nation in AP results. They achieved the highest percentage of public high school graduates scoring a 3 or higher on an AP Exam in 2016.
After leading the nation every year since 2009, Maryland this year had the second highest percentage of public high school graduates who scored a 3 or higher on an AP Exam.
Nevada had both the largest three-year increase and a one-year increase in the percentage of public high school graduates scoring 3 or higher on an AP Exam.
Top 10 States with the Highest Percentage of 2016 Public High School Graduates Succeeding on AP Exams
New York 27.3
New Jersey 26.5
State legislators are also making it easier for students to earn college credit by implementing statewide AP credit policies. So far, 22 states, encompassing more than 60% of the U.S. population, currently apply statewide AP credit policies, so students and families have a guarantee that the state’s public colleges and universities will award college credit for qualifying AP Exam scores.
The report also highlights the College Board’s new course, AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). AP CSP is being offered this school year in more than 2,500 schools, making this the largest AP course launch ever. Many states and districts are taking the lead in making computer science a priority for their high school students, including Nevada—at the end of last year, Governor Brian Sandoval announced that every school district in his state will offer AP Computer Science Principles beginning in the 2017–2018 school year.
“In all 50 states, the number of job openings that require computing skills far exceeds the number of qualified graduates,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board senior vice president responsible for the AP Program “We believe all students deserve to attend a high school that provides coursework like AP Computer Science Principles, a class designed to prepare students for the incredible career opportunities of our century.”
To see the rest of the results, click here.
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