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February 24, 2016 – The percentage of Georgia students in
the Class of 2015 scoring 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam during
high school is up, according to data released today by the College Board.
Georgia is ranked thirteenth in the nation for the percentage of students
scoring 3 or higher on at least one exam, and is one of just 15 states to
exceed the national average.
Georgia is tied
for third in the nation in one-year percentage point growth in the percentage
of public school graduates scoring a 3 or higher on an AP exam. Georgia is also
13th in the nation in 10-year percentage point growth in the percentage of
public school graduates scoring a 3 or higher on an AP Exam during high school
(10.7 percentage point growth since 2005).
percent of the class of 2015 scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam,
compared to a national average of 22.4 percent. That number rose by 1.8
percentage points from 2014 to 2015, even as participation increased. The
number of students taking at least one AP exam rose from 41.6 percent in 2014
to 44.7 percent in 2015 – one of the highest participation rates in the nation.
typically earn at least three college credits for each AP score of 3 or higher,
and Georgia students recorded 91,413 of those scores in 2015. At an average
rate of $281.57 per credit hour, this represents a potential cost savings of
$77,217,475 for Georgia’s students and families.
students recorded a fantastic performance on the 2015 AP exams – participation
is up and scores are up, placing Georgia among the top tier for Advanced
Placement scores in the United States,” State School Superintendent Richard
Woods said. “This is good for students and good for families. We know that
participation is also rising among groups of students who are traditionally
underrepresented, and we know we must continue to expand this opportunity to
all students in our state.”
Georgia is also
one of the top ten states for increasing equitable participation in AP exams
for low-income students. In Georgia, 59.7 percent of students are eligible for
free or reduced-price lunch. In the class of 2015, those students represented
33.6 percent of AP exam takers. That’s compared to a national average of 29.8
percent participation among low-income students.
high schools were also named winners of the AP Champion Award, which recognizes
efforts toward eliminating barriers that restrict access to AP, evidence of
efforts to ensure AP classes at the school reflect the diversity of the
school’s population, the illustration of intentions to build and sustain a
positive culture around AP, and creative promotion of AP coursework. The winners
were: Central High School (Carroll County), Dutchtown High School (Henry
County), Carver High School (Muscogee County), Islands High School
(Savannah-Chatham County), and Peachtree Ridge High School (Gwinnett County).
Each winning school received a monetary stipend of $500 to advance its AP
Language and Composition was the most popular AP exam among Georgia test
takers, with 16,272 students taking the exam. Rounding out the ten most popular
AP exams were: United States History, World History, English Literature and
Composition, United States Government and Politics, Psychology, Statistics,
Calculus AB, Human Geography, and Macroeconomics
in Georgia has risen without a drop in scores, increasing from 23.7 percent for
the Class of 2005 to 44.7 percent for the Class of 2015