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1 FEBRUARY 10, 2010 Press Conference © 2010 The College Board. OVERVIEW

2 AP Score Corresponding College Grades 5A 4A-, B+, B 3B-, C+, C What do AP Exam scores represent? The number of points a student earns across the 3-hour AP Exam is converted into a final AP Exam score of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5: 2

3 Growth driver: Focus on improving college readiness Student DemographicAP Exam Score of 3 or higher African American28% higher Hispanic28% higher White33% higher Low Income26% higher Not Low Income34% higher Source: Chrys Dougherty, Lynn Mellor and Shuling Jian The Relationship Between Advanced Placement and College Graduation, (2005), National Center for Educational Accountability. Five-year college graduation rate differences between matched AP and non-AP students 3

4 Growth driver: Fostering American competitiveness TIMSS Report: International Student Achievement in Mathematics Source: Eugenio J. Gonzalez, Kathleen M. OConnor, and Julie A. Miles, (2001). How Well Do Advanced Placement Students Perform on the TIMSS Advanced Mathematics and Physics Tests? The International Study Center, Lynch School of Education, Boston College. 4

5 Growth driver: Changes in AP gatekeeping practices in the 21st century AP Enrollment Requirement % of AP schools following this practice Minimum GPA required44%34% Specific grade in prerequisite course65%52% Recommendation from teacher of prerequisite course 74%62% Open enrollment/student desire42%53% Source: AP Participation Surveys, 2001 and 2009, The College Board. 5

6 Growth driver: College Admissions A 2008 survey of admission officers confirmed student perceptions that they should avail themselves of AP opportunities Source: Crux Research Inc. (2008). Question for admission 0fficers: Does AP course taking favorably impact admission decisions? 6

7 The results of AP expansion during the first decade of the 21st century (Public Schools Only) Number of exams scoring 1, 2 Number of exams scoring 3, 4, 5 Class of 2001 Class of 2009 Class of 2009 earned 583,702 more exam scores of 1 and 2 than the class of Class of 2009 earned 653,911 more exam scores of 3, 4 and 5 than the class of ,013 1,004, ,376 1,307,287 7

8 AP Program at a Glance, Class of 2009 (Public Schools Only) Total number of high school graduates Total number of high school graduates who took an AP Exam at some point in high school Total number of high school graduates who scored a 3 or higher on an AP Exam at some point in high school 20012,569,200433,449 (16.9%)278,305 (10.8%) 20093,019,361798,629 (26.5%)479,349 (15.9%) 8

9 Table 1: AP Equity and Excellence Student Access and Performance in US Public Schools Percentage of Graduating Class Scoring a 3 or Higher on an AP Exam During High School Class of% ChangeClass of% Change State YEAR5 YEARSState YEAR5 YEARS Louisiana Utah Maine Vermont Maryland Virginia Massachusetts Washington Michigan West Virginia Minnesota Wisconsin Mississippi Wyoming Missouri Total

10 States with the Greatest % of Seniors Scoring a 3 on an AP Exam State% Maryland24.8 New York23.8 Virginia22.9 Massachusetts22.1 Florida21.3 Connecticut21.3 California20.8 Colorado20.1 States with the Greatest Expansion of AP Scores of 3 or Higher Since 2004 State% Change Virginia5.8 Maryland5.4 Georgia5.4 Maine5.4 Colorado5.0 Vermont5.0 Florida5.0 Figure 1: AP Equity and Excellence Map of the Nation U.S. Public Schools: High School Class of 2009 Percentage of Students Scoring a 3 or Higher on an AP Exam During High School 10

11 Figure 2: Access to AP by Race/Ethnicity US Public Schools: High School Class of

12 Table 2: AP Equity and Excellence Gaps Student Access and Performance in US Public Schools by Race/Ethnicity % of Graduating Class % of Successful AP Exam Population Equity and Excellence Gap Eliminated % of Graduating Class % of Successful AP Exam Population Equity and Excellence Gap Eliminated % of Graduating Class % of Successful AP Exam Population Equity and Excellence Gap Eliminated State …who are black/African American …who are Hispanic/Latino …who are American Indian/Alaska Native New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio X0.10.2X Oklahoma X Oregon Pennsylvania X Rhode Island South Carolina X0.30.5X South Dakota Tennessee X0.10.4X Texas X Utah Vermont X Virginia X0.30.5X Washington West Virginia X0.10.4X Wisconsin Wyoming Nation

13 National Math and Science Initiatives Training and Incentive Program Increase Percent increase from May 2008 to May 2009 in successful AP Exams in math, science and English for African American and Latino students 13

14 Schools with the Largest Numbers of African American and Latino Students Experiencing Success in AP California Calexico High School (Calexico, Calif.) Florida Barbara Goleman Senior High School (Miami, Fla.) Coral Reef Senior High School (Miami, Fla.) Cypress Bay High School (Weston, Fla.) Design and Architecture Senior High (Miami, Fla.) Miami Coral Park Senior High School (Miami, Fla.) Miami Killian Senior High School (Miami, Fla.) Stanton College Preparatory School (Jacksonville, Fla.) Georgia Southwest DeKalb High School (Decatur, Ga.) Illinois Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School (Flossmoor, Ill.) Maryland Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Greenbelt, Md.) Michigan Renaissance High School (Detroit, Mich.) Texas Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions (Houston, Texas) School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center (Dallas, Texas) Valley View High School (Pharr, Texas) 14

15 APs growth has been primarily a democratization of the program, inclusion of a greater number of students rather than increasing the number of exams taken by students Number of AP Exams Percentage of AP students in the Class of 2009 who took one or multiple AP Exams during their high school years 136.8% 220.1% 313.3% 49.6% 56.9% 64.9% 73.4% 82.2% 91.3% 100.7% 110.4% 120.2% 130.1% 140.1% More than 140.1% AP Exam takers in the class of 2009 took an average of 2.9 AP Exams while in high school. 15

16 Schools Attended by AP Students from the Class of Change U.S. Public Schools12,54012, U.S. Nonpublic Schools3,3773, International Schools1,0561,

17 Preview: September 2010 press conference announcing AP science redesign The revised AP biology curriculum unveiled this summer … represents a new departure, substantially different from its counterpart of a decade ago in terms of both content and pedagogy. It encourages teaching practices students should learn to apply … The new curriculum is exciting and encouraging … a major step. William B. Wood, Science magazine, September 25,

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