The ninth annual AP Report to the
Nation, released today by the College Board, reports that
Colorado ranks ninth in the nation for the percentage of the
class of 2012 students scoring a three or higher on Advanced
Placement (AP) exams.
AP exam scores are reported on a five-point scale. Students
receiving a three or higher earn a qualifying score to apply
course work for college credit. Colorado has ranked in the top
10 nationally for the past six years.
The report illustrates the nation’s progress in AP course
participation and AP exam results as well as persisting
inequities. This year, the report found more graduates
nationwide have succeeded on AP exams today than the number of
students that took AP exams in 2002. It also concluded that
while states have made great strides in closing equity gaps for
underserved minority and low-income students, these students
remain underrepresented in AP classrooms and in the population
of students scoring a three or higher on AP exams.
- The number of Colorado
graduates who took an AP exam in high school increased from
17,303 in 2011 to 18,358 in 2012.
- 59.8 percent of Colorado 2012 graduates that took AP exams
received a score of three or higher which qualifies them to
apply the course work for college credit. The number of
graduates that scored a three or higher also increased from
10,692 in 2011 to 11,442 graduates in 2012.
- Colorado ranked sixth in the nation for improving the
percentage of graduates scoring a three or higher on an AP
exam in the last decade by 10.5 percent.
- Colorado made progress in closing the participation and
achievement equity gaps compared to 2011. Hispanic/Latino
students made up 22.5 percent of the class of 2012 and 11.6
percent of those students scored a three or higher on an AP
Five Colorado school districts were also recognized by the 3rd
Annual AP Honor Roll. To receive the distinction, the district
must demonstrate three years of improved AP qualifying scores by
increasing both exam participation and performance especially
among under-represented student populations. The 2012 districts
are: Boulder Valley School District, Lewis-Palmer School
District #38, Estes Park School District, Poudre School District
and Weld RE-4 School District. This is the second year Boulder
Valley and Lewis-Palmer school districts have received the
The ninth annual AP Report to the Nation report is available at