Georgia efforts on AP exam pay off

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Georgia has emerged as a leader in preparing students for college-level work, while South Carolina is roughly in the middle of the pack, according to an annual report on Advanced Placement exam results released Wednesday by The College Board.

For the class of 2010, 19.1 percent of Georgia's graduates had scored 3 or higher on at least one AP exam, which was the 11th-highest rate in the nation and is up from 18.5 percent for the class of 2009. The exams are scored on a 5-point scale, and 3 is generally high enough to earn college course credit.

Both of those marks are above the national average, which rose from 15.9 percent in 2009 to 16.9 percent in 2010.

"Our students must have rigorous coursework in high school to be successful after they graduate," state School Superintendent John Barge said in a statement. "I am so pleased that more of our students than ever are taking AP courses and passing the exam."

In South Carolina, 15.1 percent of 2010 graduates scored 3 or higher on at least one AP exam, which was 22nd in the nation and up from 14.9 percent in 2009.

In a news release accompanying the results, the Georgia Department of Education highlighted the state's efforts from 2003 to 2010 to have more students take AP exams and succeed.

During those seven years, economically disadvantaged students had all of their AP exams paid for by the state each year. Georgia awarded $970,693 in grants to train 1,342 new teachers of AP courses, which have allowed 792 new AP courses to be offered in public high schools. This year, the department said, an additional 400 AP teachers will be trained.

The AP report also examined how successful states were at ensuring equity and excellence for different racial groups on the exams.

A state that had roughly the same percentage of students of a race graduate and percentage of students scoring 3 or above on at least one AP exam was said to have made that standard for that race.

Georgia ranked 15th in the nation on this standard for black students, as they made up 11.6 percent of successful AP test-takers in the class of 2010 and were 34.8 percent of the overall graduating class.

South Carolina was 42nd for black students, who made up 8.4 percent of that state's successful AP test-takers and were 38 percent of the graduating class.

For Hispanic students, Georgia was one of 13 states plus the District of Columbia that achieved 100 percent of equity and excellence. Hispanic students made up 6.3 percent of Georgia's 2010 graduates, and 6.7 percent of successful AP test-takers among those graduates.

South Carolina wasn't far off that mark. Hispanic students made up 3.6 percent of its 2010 graduating class, and 3.1 percent of the class' successful AP test-takers.

GEORGIA'S AP HONOR SCHOOLS

The following metro Augusta schools received state recognition Wednesday for their Advanced Placement exam results:

AP Challenge Schools (schools with fewer than 900 students testing in English, math, social studies and science)
Columbia County: Harlem High
Richmond County: Davidson Fine Arts Magnet, Laney High, Westside High

AP Access and Support Schools (30 percent of AP test takers who are black or Hispanic and at least 30 percent of all AP exams scoring 3 or higher)
Burke County: Burke County High
Columbia County: Grovetown High

AP Merit Schools (at least 20 percent of students taking AP exams and at least half scoring 3 or higher)
Columbia County: Lakeside High
Richmond County: Davidson Fine Arts Magnet

AP STEM Schools (students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses)
Columbia County: Evans High, Greenbrier High, Lakeside High
Richmond County: Johnson Health Sciences and Engineering Magnet, Cross Creek High, Glenn Hills High, Davidson Fine Arts Magnet, Laney High, Westside High

AP STEM Achievement Schools (students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of scores on AP math and science exams scoring 3 or higher)
Columbia County: Evans High, Greenbrier High, Lakeside High
Richmond County: Davidson Fine Arts Magnet Schools

MORE INFORMATION

Read the full 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation at http://apreport.collegeboard.org/about-report

Read the Georgia Department of Education's news release on Advanced Placement exam results at http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/press/2011/press2092011.html

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/09/11 - 09:49 pm
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CONGRATULATIONS to all GA HS

CONGRATULATIONS to all GA HS students who earned at least 3 on at least one AP exam and to their teachers!

Chillen
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Chillen 02/09/11 - 09:57 pm
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How many states still offer

How many states still offer AP exams (as opposed to IB)? If only 20 do, then 11 is not so good. That would be good to know.

fdn315
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fdn315 02/09/11 - 10:55 pm
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If SC ranked 42nd I think

If SC ranked 42nd I think it's safe to assume that all the states offer AP courses. Congratulations none the less to those students who've been accepted in and excelled in AP courses. I know from experience those AP exams are very stressful to prepare for.

oh man
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oh man 02/10/11 - 12:27 pm
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Thankful to Columbia County

Thankful to Columbia County for the efforts on AP course work. The ap teachers for Columbia County are excellent. Its one thing to take the ap classes but quite another to have learned the material well enough to receive college credit. AP credits are systematic with credit while the IB courses are looked at individually. AP credit is money in the bag; the student can either grad early; earn masters and undergrad in the same four years while on hope; or earn multiple degrees in the same four years retaining Hope scholarship.

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HigherEd 02/10/11 - 02:41 pm
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In addition, colleges who

In addition, colleges who practice selective admissions rank students higher who have taken AP courses and have scored well on AP exams. These selective colleges put more weight ion AP courses than actual college courses (dual-enrollment, etc). It is really to the student's advantage to take AP courses not only to be more prepared for college work but also to be admitted to more selective colleges, if that is the student's goal.

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