Utah students make gains in AP pass rates in 2011

September 14, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact:          Mark Peterson, public relations director
(801) 538-7635 ∙ mark.peterson@schools.utah.gov

Utah Students Make Gains in AP Pass Rates in 2011

 

SALT LAKE CITY – A total of 18,508 Utah students (more than 1,000 additional students than in 2010 and 94 percent of them from public schools) took 29,851 Advance Placement (AP) exams in 2011 and passed them at a rate of 68 percent, according to data released today by the College Board, creators of the AP exams. This represents a 7.5 percent increase in AP participation in Utah and an increase of 1 percent in passage rates. Utah students substantially outperformed their national peers, who passed the exams at a rate of 58 percent, the same rate as the previous year, College Board data showed. Passing AP tests means the student scored a 3, 4 or 5 on the test, thus earning college credit.

Participation in AP exams in 2011 was up across all ethnic and racial lines in Utah.

 “It is gratifying to see more Utah students better prepare themselves for college by taking these courses, and it is heartening to see their work and the work of their teachers pay off with above average passing rates,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway. “We’re also pleased to see more minority students taking advantage of AP courses and doing well in them.”

The College Board today also released data on 2011 Utah student performance on the SAT college entrance exam. A total of 2,124 Utah students (61 percent of them from public schools) took the SAT and scored a mean score of 563 on reading (a five point decrease from 2010), 559 on math (no change from 2010) and 545 on writing (a two point decrease). National mean scores were 497 in reading, 514 in math and 489 in writing. Relatively few Utah students sit for the SAT exam, opting instead for the ACT exam which is used by all Utah public colleges and universities. Many Utah students who take the SAT intend to attend college on either the east or west coast.

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Top 10 Utah Public High Schools AP Participation

School

Test Takers

Davis High School, Kaysville

741

Alta High School, Sandy

667

Skyline High School, Holladay

592

Park City High School, Park City

539

Hillcrest High School, Midvale

527

Lone Peak High School, Highland

522

Brighton High School, Cottonwood Heights

483

Woods Cross High School, Woods Cross

408

Highland High School, Salt Lake City

389

Pleasant Grove High School, Pleasant Grove

364

Top 10 Utah Public High Schools AP Passing Rate

School

% Tests 3, 4 or 5

Green River High School, Green River

100

Ogden Preparatory Academy, Ogden

100

Davis High School, Kaysville

85.0

Intech Collegiate High School, North Logan

83.0

Park City High School, Park City

80.9

Brighton High School, Cottonwood Heights

80.3

Bountiful High School, Bountiful

79.9

American Fork High School, American Fork

79.2

Olympus High School, Holladay

79.2

Mountain View High School, Orem

78.6

Top 10 Utah Public High Schools SAT Participation

School

Test Takers

West High School, Salt Lake City

113

Skyline High School, Holladay

105

Park City High School, Park City

95

Brighton High School, Cottonwood Heights

63

Davis High School, Kaysville

41

Alta High School, Cottonwood Heights

38

East High School, Salt Lake City

37

American Fork High School, American Fork

36

Olympus High School, Holladay

36

Top 10 Utah Public High Schools SAT Total Average Mean Score

School

Score

Payson High School, Payson

2,032

AMES, Holladay

1,948

Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy, Lindon

1,915

Hillcrest High School, Midvale

1,906

Davis High School, Kaysville

1.862

West High School, Salt Lake City

1,860

Logan High School, Logan

1,855

Wasatch High School, Heber City

1,855

Pleasant Grove High School, Pleasant Grove

1,852

Desert Hills High School, St. George

1,810

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