Updated AP and SAT Results

Note: This Oct. 8 release is being resent with corrected information. College Board inadvertently left three Utah schools off of the AP/SAT report it sent to the Utah State Office of Education. With the new information, Churchill Jr. High School, Holladay, is now recognized as fourth highest passing rate for AP in the state. The total numbers of students taking AP tests also changed from the original release reflecting 174 more students taking the test from the three schools that were left off (Churchill Jr. High, Joel P. Jensen Middle School, West Jordan, and Summit Academy High, Bluffdale), but the additions did not change the statewide percentage passing rate contained in the original release. The Churchill students all took the Human Geography AP exam.


Utah Public Schools Again Increase Participation, Diversity on AP;
Participation Down, but Scores Up Again on SAT Exam

SALT LAKE CITY – A total of 21,774 Utah public school students – a 5 percent increase over the previous year – took advanced placement (AP) exams in 2014 while maintaining last year’s 67 percent rate of earning college credit on those exams, according to College Board data. The College Board also noted Utah’s average SAT scores increased in reading, math and writing in 2014, but just 959 public school students took the test, a decrease of 8.1 percent.

Diversity also increased on AP exams in Utah including a 20.8 percent increase in Mexican American student participation, an 8.2 percent increase in black student participation and a 5.9 percent increase in Asian student participation. White student participation increased 3.5 percent. Only American Indian student participation decreased. That was by 12.8 percent or 14 students.

Utah public school students scored a 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exams – good enough to earn college credit – at a rate of 67 percent, comparted to the national rate of 57 percent.

“The really good news here is that in comparable demographics – students who are college bound – Utah’s public school students are performing consistently well,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joel Coleman. “About a quarter of our graduating seniors earn college credit through AP while in high school. Another 27,000 students – probably with some overlap – earn college credit through concurrent enrollment. Both AP and concurrent enrollment participants are looking more and more like our public schools as a whole and this bodes well for our future.”

The College Board also reported that 78 fewer Utah public school students took SAT college entrance exam in 2014, but the mean scores in reading were up 4 points to 598, math mean scores up 7 points to 594 and writing mean scores up 4 points to 573. Comparative national scores were 492 in reading (flat), 501 in math (down 2 points) and 478 in writing (also down 2 points). Utah SAT participation is waning as all students now take the ACT exam.

More information: https://www.collegeboard.org/program-results.



Top 10 Utah Public High Schools for AP Participation

School                                                                         Test Takers

Davis High School, Kaysville                                                  800

Skyline High School, Holladay                                               688

Hillcrest High School, Midvale                                              665

Lone Peak High School, Highland                                         651

Park City High School, Park City                                            566

Alta High School, Sandy                                                          450

Brighton High School, Cottonwood Heights                       443

Bountiful High School, Bountiful                                          425

Copper Hills High School, West Jordan                               425

East High School, Salt Lake City                                            417



Top 10 Utah Public Schools for AP Passing Rate


School                                                                         % Tests 3, 4, or 5

Cedar City High School, Cedar City                                       89.4

Davis High School, Kaysville                                                  87.6

Bountiful High School, Bountiful                                          85.5

Churchill Jr. High, Holladay                                                   84.0

Sky View High School, Smithfield                                          83.9

Olympus Junior High School, Holladay                                83.6

Brighton High School, Cottonwood Heights                        82.5

NUAMES, Layton                                                                      81.7

Timpanogos High School, Orem                                            80.8

Olympus High School, Holladay                                            80.7



Top 10 Utah Public High Schools for SAT Participation


School                                                                         Test Takers

Skyline High School, Holladay                                               116

West High School, Salt Lake City                                           91

Park City High School, Park City                                           68

Hillcrest High School, Midvale                                               39

Olympus High School, Holladay                                            38

Davis High School, Kaysville                                                  37

Brighton High School, Cottonwood Heights                       26

Alta High School, Sandy                                                          23

Timpview High School, Provo                                                19

Bingham High School, South Jordan                                     17

Highland High School, Salt Lake City                                    17



Top 10 Utah Public High Schools for SAT Total Average Mean Score


School                                                                                     Score

Utah County Academy of Sciences, Orem                            1980

Logan High School, Logan                                                      1918

Timpview High School, Provo                                                 1918

West High School, Salt Lake City                                           1905

Lone Peak High School, Highland                                          1894

Bountiful High School, Bountiful                                          1890

Orem High School, Orem                                                       1866

Hillcrest High School, Midvale                                              1850

Davis High School, Kaysville                                                  1848

Provo High School, Provo                                                      1848




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