Number of Students Taking AP Tests Rises Again, Report Says

Nearly one-third of public high-school students who graduated in the Class of 2012 took at least one Advanced Placement examination, continuing years of increases in the number of students who have taken the tests and also scored well on them, according to a report released on Wednesday by the College Board.

The “9th Annual AP Report to the Nation” says that 954,070 graduates last year, or 32.4 percent of them, took at least one of the tests. That’s more than double the 471,404 graduates in the Class of 2002 who did so. In the Class of 2011, 904,794 graduates, or 30.2 percent of them, took at least one test, according to the report. The number of last year’s graduates who scored a three or higher on an exam also inched up, by about 30,000 students, compared with the previous year.

As in past years, the report notes gaps between African-American and other students. Even though black students accounted for 14.5 percent of the 2012 graduating class, black students represented just 9.2 percent of AP-test takers. And just 4.4 percent of black students in last year’s class scored a three or higher on an AP test, far lower than the 61.9 percent of white students and the 15.9 percent of Hispanic students who did so, according to the report.

For more on the report, see this Chronicle article.

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