Advanced Placement participation grew 10% in 10 years

From the Department of Public Instruction

Wisconsin public school growth in the Advanced Placement (AP) program includes a 10 percent increase over 10 years in the percentage of graduates earning a qualifying score that gives them a head start on postsecondary studies.

AP_participationThe College Board’s report, “AP Cohort Data: Graduating Class of 2016,” provides an estimate of public school graduates who took at least one AP exam during their high school career. Wisconsin had 21,270 graduates from 2016 (35.4 percent) who took 62,966 AP exams while in high school. Participation is up by 433 students from the class of 2015. For the state’s 2016 public school graduates, 24.8 percent earned a score of three or higher on an AP exam compared to 24.4 percent of 2015 graduates. Over 10 years, Wisconsin posted a 10-point increase in the percentage of graduates earning a three or higher on an AP exam. Wisconsin remains in the top dozen states nationwide for AP performance.

“High school students taking AP classes have a chance to experience college-level coursework and the expectations of postsecondary studies,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “The nationwide AP exams reinforce that rigor and offer improved opportunities for students to get a head start on college and career.”

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