2012 AP test Scores Increase

Utah State Office of Education LogoUtah Students Increase AP Participation and Scores in 2012

SALT LAKE CITY – Nearly 2,000 more Utah high school students – a 10.5 percent increase – took Advanced Placement (AP) tests in 2012 and increased their success rate by more than 11 percent over 2011 figures, the according to data released by the College Board today.

“There is a lot of talk nationally about increasing college and career readiness,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway. “In Utah we are increasing college and career readiness, and here is the evidence.”

“Utah is seeing greater participation, greater diversity in participation and still increasing test scores, Shumway said. “This is great news not just for Utah schools, but for Utah’s future.”

A total of 20,449 Utah students took 33,017 AP exams in 2012 and passed them at a rate of 68 percent, the College Board, creators of the AP exams, noted. Utah students substantially outperformed their national peers, who passed the exams at a rate of 59 percent, College Board data showed. Passing AP tests means the student scored a 3, 4 or 5 on the test, thus earning college credit.

Utah student participation in AP exams in 2012 was up across all ethnic and racial lines in Utah with the exception of American Indian students where the numbers were down by a total of nine students. The largest increase among students who identified themselves in an ethnic group was among Hispanic students where there was a 23.8 percent jump, or an increase of 125 students.

“Utah is seeing greater participation, greater diversity in participation and still increasing test scores, Shumway said. “This is great news not just for Utah schools, but for Utah’s future.”

The College Board today also released data on 2012 Utah student performance on the SAT college entrance exam. A total of 1,954 Utah students (68 percent of them from public schools) took the SAT and scored a mean score of 568 on reading (a five point increase from 2011), 566 on math (a seven point increase from 2011 ) and 548 on writing (a three point increase).

National mean scores were 496 in reading, 514 in math and 488 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.

Utah’s participation in the SAT dropped by 8 percent or 170 students in 2012. Utah educators believe this was due, at least in part, to a large increase in the percentage of students taking the ACT. Ninety-seven percent of Utah high school seniors in 2012 took the ACT.

For more information on AP and SAT scores, please visit http://media.collegeboard.com/homeOrg/content/pdf/sat-report-college-career-readiness-2012.pdf.

Top 10 Utah Public High Schools AP Participation

School Test Takers
Davis High School, Kaysville 768
Alta High School, Sandy 712
Lone Peak High School, Highland 595
Skyline High School, Millcreek 589
Hillcrest High School, Midvale 580
Brighton High School, Cottonwood Heights 549
Park City High School, Park City 539
Viewmont High School, Bountiful 430
Bingham High School, South Jordan 415
Copper Hills High School, West Jordan 406

For the rest of the news release go to http://www.schools.utah.gov/main/INFORMATION/Online-Newsroom.aspx

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