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The College Board created, administers, and scores Advanced Placement (AP) Exams to assess college-level learning in 37 subject areas. The College Board works with high schools to develop the curriculum for AP courses, which many schools offer to prepare their students for AP Exams and for college. The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association of schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations.
This table presents data, provided by the College Board, that show how many students at each public high school in the state took AP Exams, how many exams were administered at each high school, and how many exams were scored at a level that represents college-level mastery of a subject. (The exams are graded 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. The College Board considers a score of 3 or above to represent “mid-level C performance in college” or above.)
The table shows the number of students who took the test in each school and the percentage of seniors who took the test. This figure is an approximation, as some of the exams may have been taken by juniors, sophomores, or even freshmen. Most are taken by seniors, however, and the percentage represents the number of students who took at least one AP Exam as a percentage of the number of seniors enrolled in the high school.
The table is ranked by the percentage of seniors who took at least one exam – the number of students who took one exam as a percentage of the number of seniors enrolled in the high school.
The table also shows the number of tests taken (many students take more than one AP Exam), the number of exams with a score of 3 or higher, and the percentage of exams with a score of 3 or higher.
Data are not reported if there were fewer than 10 seniors in the school or if fewer than 10 exams were administered.
First of all, you would like to see that a high percentage of seniors took at least one AP Exam. Advanced Placement courses are only one type of challenging academic course, and some students enrolled in AP courses may choose not to take the exam. But the percentage who take an AP Exam is a good way to measure whether schools offer a challenging curriculum to a wide range of students. All students should have access to challenging courses.
You would also like to see that a high percentage of students who took the AP Exams did well on the exams. If a high percentage of the students in the high school achieved college-level mastery, that signifies that the instruction, at least for the AP courses, has been highly effective.