- 33.2 percent of public high school graduates in the class of 2013 took an AP Exam, compared to 18.9 percent of graduates in the class of 2003.
- 20.1 percent of public high school graduates in the class of 2013 earned a 3 or higher on an AP Exam, compared to 12.2 percent of graduates in the class of 2003.
The goal of the AP program is to promote both equity and excellence in education. This means increasing access to AP course work while also increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher.
As would be expected, as more AP exams are taken passing rate has dropped.
2003: 61% of AP exams had scores of 3 or higher
2013: 43% of AP exams had scores of 3 or higher
These figures exclude those students who take AP courses but do not sit for the exam. Not all schools follow the policy at our local high school, which requires students who take an AP course to also take the AP exam.
A campaign to help increase AP enrollment among academically prepared minority students
“All In” Campaign: Despite significant progress, African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students who show AP potential through the PSAT/NMSQT still typically enrolled in AP classes at lower rates than white and Asian students.
In order to help academically prepared but underserved students access the AP course work for which they are ready, the College Board is currently developing an “All In” campaign, a coordinated effort among College Board members to ensure that 100 percent of underserved students who have demonstrated the potential to succeed in AP take at least one AP course.