Texas students taking Advanced Placement has more than doubled over a decade

Texas students taking Advanced Placement has more than doubled over a decade
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Friday, February 14, 2014 - 10:03am

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced  that the number of Texas graduates taking at least one Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exam has more than doubled during the past decade.

In addition, the number of low-income graduates taking at least one AP Exam has more than quadrupled, and the number of Hispanic/Latino graduates taking AP has nearly tripled over the last ten years. This expansion has resulted in a significant increase in the number of qualifying AP Exam scores typically required for college credit.

“Texas has made great strides in increasing AP access to a broader, more diverse group of students reflective of the changing demographics of our state,” said Commissioner Williams. “Our state ultimately benefits each year we see increased participation in the number of students participating and succeeding in the AP program.”

According to the College Board’s 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, Texas students in the Class of 2013 again made a strong showing. The report shows that the number of Texas students who scored 3 or higher on an AP exam (52,167) in 2013 was greater than the number of all Texas high school students who took an AP exam in 2003 (48,500).

Additional Texas AP highlights for the Class of 2013 (in comparison to the Class of 2003) include:

  • 35.9 percent of public high school graduates in the class of 2013 took an AP Exam, (compared to 20.4 percent of graduates in the class of 2003).
  • 18.5 percent of public high school graduates in the class of 2013 scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam (compared to 11.9 percent of graduates in the class of 2003).
  • 42.5 percent of 2013 graduates who took at least one AP Exam were Hispanic/Latino (compared to 29.6 percent of AP Exam takers in the class of 2003).
  • In the Class of 2013, 43,031 Hispanic/Latino graduates took at least one AP Exam during high school – nearly three times the number of Hispanic/Latino graduates who took an AP Exam in the class of 2003.
  • Hispanic/Latino graduates accounted for 36.9 percent of students who scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam in the class of 2013 (compared to 28.7 percent of graduates in the class of 2003).
  • 49.9 percent of 2013 graduates who took at least one AP Exam were low-income students (compared to 23.1 percent of AP Exam takers in the class of 2003).
  • In the Class of 2013, 50,584 low-income graduates took at least one AP Exam during high school – more than four times the number of low-income graduates who took an AP Exam in the class of 2003.
  • Low-income students accounted for 43.9 percent of 2013 graduates who scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam (compared to 20.2 percent of low-income graduates in the class of 2003).
  • In the Class of 2013, 9,147 African-American graduates took at least one AP Exam during high school (compared to 2,780 in the class of 2003).
  • In the Class of 2013, 2,487 African-American graduates scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam (compared to 853 in the class of 2003).
  • In the Class of 2013, 36,728 white graduates took at least one AP Exam during high school (compared to 25,445 in the class of 2003).
  • In the Class of 2013, 22,663 white graduates scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam (compared to 15,422 in the class of 2003).

“Texas is obviously committed to broadening AP access to more low-income and minority students,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president who leads the Advanced Placement Program. “We congratulate them on their successes and encourage them as they move forward to ensure that all students have the same opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Research shows that students who succeed in rigorous course work, such as that offered by AP, are developing college-level knowledge and skills while still in high school. These students are more likely than their peers to earn college degrees on time, which gives them an opportunity to save significant amounts of money.

The 10th AnnualAP Report to the Nation and the state supplement for Texasare available at: http://apreport.collegeboard.org/

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