If you have a child entering high school, they may have an opportunity to take an AP class, or even several of them. Advance Placement classes prepare your student all school year to take an exam that can potentially count as college credit, depending on your score and the college.
AP Exams are scored 1-5, with a 5 being the highest grade you can receive. The percentage of Georgia students in the Class of 2015 scoring a 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.
English 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
According to the Georgia Department of Education, participation 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. 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.
“Georgia’s 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. This is good for students and good for families.” -Superintendent Richard Woods said on Georgia’s Department of Education’s Facebook page.
Twenty-four 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.
Students 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.
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