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Performance and Success

By monitoring student progress in high school, our assessments can help educators to identify an individual student’s potential as well as students in need of additional support. By making the benefits clear to students and families, we can ensure that they are taking advantage of the opportunities they have earned through their hard work.

Just as important, our assessments serve to alert state and local policymakers to trouble spots — including communities or groups in need of attention or course work in need of improvement. This information can serve as a powerful leverage for school administrators and policymakers to gain and deploy educational resources.

PSAT/NMSQT

10TH-GRADERS

Over 712,000 (39.3%) 10th-grade PSAT/NMSQT takers met the grade-level benchmark, indicative of being on track for college and career readiness.

  • 16.7% of 10th-grade African American PSAT/NMSQT takers met the benchmark.
  • 61.5% of 10th-grade Asian PSAT/NMSQT takers met the benchmark.
  • 19.8% of 10th-grade Hispanic PSAT/NMSQT takers met the benchmark.
  • 24.6% of 10th-grade Native American PSAT/NMSQT takers met the benchmark.
  • 54.7% of 10th-grade white PSAT/NMSQT takers met the benchmark.

AP POTENTIAL IDENTIFIED IN THE 10TH GRADE

  • Roughly 520,000 10th-grade PSAT/NMSQT takers overall showed high potential to succeed in at least one AP course.
  • Over 76,000 underrepresented minority 10th-grade test-takers showed high potential for AP success.

11TH-GRADERS

Nearly 766,000 (48.0%) 11th-grade PSAT/NMSQT takers met the grade-level benchmark, indicating that they are on track for college and career readiness.

  • 21.9% of 11th-grade African American PSAT/NMSQT takers met the benchmark.
  • 65.0% of 11th-grade Asian PSAT/NMSQT takers met the benchmark.
  • 25.3% of 11th-grade Hispanic PSAT/NMSQT takers met the benchmark.
  • 34.3% of 11th-grade Native American PSAT/NMSQT takers met the benchmark.
  • 61.2% of 11th-grade white PSAT/NMSQT takers met the benchmark.

SAT

More than 712,000 students (41.9% of SAT takers in the class of 2015) met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

  • 16.1% of African American SAT takers met the benchmark.
  • 61.3% of Asian SAT takers met the benchmark.
  • 22.7% of Hispanic SAT takers met the benchmark.
  • 32.7% of Native American SAT takers met the benchmark.
  • 52.8% of white SAT takers met the benchmark.

AP

More than 1.5 million students (60.5%) scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam in 2015, compared to 1.4 million in 2014 and 1.2 million in 2011.

  • 32.3% of African American examinees scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam.
  • 72.2% of Asian examinees scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam.
  • 50.0% of Hispanic examinees scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam.
  • 46.2% of Native American examinees scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam.
  • 66.0% of white examinees scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam.

These data points are more than just numbers. They represent the hard work of high school students — and indicate their level of readiness for college and future careers. Our students’ efforts are worth celebrating, and their challenges must be recognized and systematically addressed and overcome.

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