February 9, 2011
Number of AP test takers has nearly doubled since 2001
(Lauren Sieben, Chronicle of Higher Education) — The number of high-school seniors who took at least one Advanced Placement examination before graduating has almost doubled since 2001, according to the College Board’s annual AP report, released on Wednesday.
In 2010, 853,314 graduating seniors at public high schools had taken at least one AP exam. That’s an increase of more than 55,000 students since 2009.
The number of students who performed well on the exams—a score of 3 or better—is also up from 2009. In 2010, 16.9 percent of test takers met that mark on at least one AP exam, a slight increase from 16 percent in 2009. And 12,705 public schools had AP students in 2010, an increase of 165 schools over the year before.
AP scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest and 3 predicting success in college-level coursework, according to the College Board.
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