High School Seniors Taking AP Courses Up Over Past 10 Years


Monday, February 10, 2014
By Madalyn Quinlan
406-444-5643

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2014
Contact: Madalyn Quinlan, mquinlan@mt.gov, 406-444-5643

High School Seniors Taking AP Courses Up Over Past 10 Years
Juneau Says Montana Should Continue to Grow AP Opportunities for Students

Helena, MT - Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau today announced the number of Montana seniors taking Advanced Placement exams in 2013 has significantly increased over the past 10 years, according to a new report by the College Board.  Montana's AP participation rate for graduating seniors has increased by 38% from 2003 to 2013, and the number of AP students demonstrating college-level mastery with scores of 3, 4, and 5 on an AP exam increased by 56% from 2003 to 2013.

Of the graduating seniors in the class of 2013, about 20.6 percent or 1,873 students took at least one AP exam during high school compared to 12.7 percent or 1,357 students in the class of 2003.

In May 2013, Montana public and private high school students took a total of 3,097 AP Exams that resulted in scores of 3, 4, or 5. This represents an estimated 9,291 college credits and a total potential cost savings for the Montana students and families of more than $1.9 million.

“While we can celebrate the successes of increasing participation in AP courses, we need to continue to encourage more teachers to become AP teachers and recruit additional students to take AP courses in their schools or through the Montana Digital Academy," stated Superintendent Juneau. "Thousands of Montana students are ready to take rigorous AP courses, and we need to take the next step by expanding AP opportunities for all students who are ready for the challenge."

The College Board analyzes the results of Montana students who have taken the PSAT and how their scores predict potential success in AP courses. From that population, the College Board found that at least 1,353 more students in Montana’s graduating class of 2013 could have been successful in AP courses.

AP prepares students for college success and helps offset college costs.  Research shows that AP students are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree in four years than their peers.  Participation and success in AP courses also helps students qualify for college scholarships.

The Montana Digital Academy currently offers seven AP courses: AP US History, AP Government and Politics, AP Physics B, AP Calculus AB, AP Language and Composition, Literature and Composition, and AP Biology. Eighty-four students are enrolled in AP courses this semester through the Montana Digital Academy.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.  The College Board’s AP program offers more than 33 courses and exams and provides students with the opportunity to take college-level courses and earn college credit or placement, while still in high school. 

To download the 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation go to: www.collegeboard.org
 

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