Advanced Placement (AP) Success Continues

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 1:32pm

Champaign Unit 4 School District continues to see success among high school students in the Advanced Placement (AP) program.

Advanced Placement (AP) scores continue to improve while the number of minority and low-income students taking AP exams increases.

High school student achievement and college-readiness is evident in AP exam scores, which measure achievement in college-level courses. In 2018, Unit 4 students achieved a mean score of 3.27 out of 5, higher than the Illinois average of 3.05 and the U.S. and global averages of 2.87 and 2.89, respectively. Many universities grant placement and course credit for scores of 3 or higher.

Since 2013, the district has focused on increasing the number of minority and low-income students taking AP exams. The total number of AP students taking exams increased from 415 in 2017 to 509 in 2018. The number of exams taken by low income students is the highest ever, going from 99 last year to 164 in 2018, achieving the highest mean score (2.83) since 2012.

“Unit 4 is committed to providing equitable learning opportunities for our students,” Deputy Superintendent Dr. Laura Taylor said. “The above average AP scores and continued growth of the program is encouraging. We will continue to focus on preparing all students for post-secondary success.”

2018 AP Program Highlights:

  • Unit 4 mean score continues to be above Illinois, United States and Global mean scores.
  • The number of exams taken has gone from 409 in 2012 to 903 in 2018.
  • The number of exams taken by African American students increased from 13 in 2012 to 51 in 2018.
  • The number of exams taken by Asian students increased by more than 100 in the past two years.
  • The number of exams taken by Hispanic/Latino students more than doubled from last year, going from 32 to 74.
  • The number of exams taken by low income students is the highest ever, going from 99 in 2017 to 264, the second highest mean score since 2012.
  • The number of students taking at least one high school exam has gone from 225 to 509 in the past seven years.
  • The number of students earning 3+ on AP exams has gone from 160 to 379 in the past seven years.

 

 

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