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News Release - Colorado ranks 9th nationwide for scores on Advanced Placement Exams

Feb. 11, 2014

Colorado ranks 9th nationwide for scores on Advanced Placement Exams

The 10th annual AP Report to the Nation, released today by the College Board, reports that Colorado ranks 9th in the nation for the percentage of the class of 2013 scoring a three or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. AP exam scores are reported on a five-point scale. Students that receive a three or higher earn a qualifying score and qualify to apply the course work for college credit. Colorado has ranked in the top 10 nationally for the past seven years. 

The report illustrates the nation’s progress in AP course participation and AP exam results as well as persisting inequities. Since the report was first published in 2004, the expansion of the AP program has nearly doubled the number of students who have been given the opportunity to participate in AP nationwide and has more than quadrupled the number of low-income graduates who have been given the opportunity to participate in AP nationwide.                                                                                                                                                          

This year, four Colorado school districts were included on the 4th annual AP Honor Roll which recognizes school districts that simultaneously increase access to AP course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP exams. The 4th annual Honor Roll districts in Colorado are: Denver Public Schools, Gunnison Watershed School District RE-1 J, Lewis-Palmer School District #38 and Telluride School District R-1. Denver Public Schools was one of 19 districts honored nationally that met the criteria of greater than 25 percent of both low income and minority student population.

Colorado highlights:

• The number of Colorado graduates who took an AP exam in high school increased from 18,358 in 2012 to 19,446 in 2013.

• In 2013, Colorado public and private school students took a total of 40,285 AP exams that resulted in a score of three or higher which qualifies them to apply the course work for college credit. This represents an estimated 120,855 college credits. 

• With a 9.7 percent improvement rate, Colorado ranked 10th in the nation for improving the percentage of graduates scoring a three or higher on an AP exam over the past decade. 

The 10th annual AP Report to the Nation report is available at apreport.collegeboard.org.  

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