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The 7th Annual AP® Report to the Nation, released today by the College Board, reports that 22.3 percent of Florida’s public high school class of 2010 completed high school having succeeded on Advanced Placement Program® (AP) Exams — up from 13.5 percent in 2001, and exceeding the national average of 16.9 percent. Additionally, more Florida students from the class of 2010 (33,712) scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam — the score typically needed to qualify for advanced placement in colleges and universities — than even participated in AP nearly a decade ago (24,536).

“Florida students and teachers have risen to the AP challenge,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “As educators and policymakers have expanded AP access beyond the elite few, more students have been led to achieve. This is great news for Florida and the nation. Performing well on an AP Exam is a pathway to further success in college. AP can level the playing field for underserved students and raise standards and performance in vital areas like science and math.”

Most students at public colleges and universities take five or six years, or even longer, to earn bachelor’s degrees, but research has consistently found that AP students scoring 3 or higher on AP Exams are more likely than other students to be successful in college and graduate on time. This means that being successful in AP can help students and their families reduce the costs of college by helping students complete college on time. 

 

Florida Highlights:

  • More Florida public high school students are participating and succeeding in AP than ever before.
    • 43.5 percent (65,741) of seniors from Florida’s public high school class of 2010 took at least one AP Exam during high school, compared to 31.4 percent (44,940) from the class of 2006.
    • 22.3 percent (33,712) of students from Florida’s public high school class of 2010 scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during high school, compared to 17.4 percent (24,923) from the class of 2006.
  • Equity and excellence in AP is achieved when the demographics of a state are proportionally represented in AP classrooms as well as within the group of students succeeding on AP Exams. This year’s report found that Florida achieved this metric for its Hispanic/Latino students:
  • 23.1 percent of Florida’s class of 2010 was Hispanic/Latino, and 27.9 percent of successful AP students from the 2010 graduating class were Hispanic/Latino.
  • More of Florida’s traditionally underserved public school students are participating and succeeding in AP.
  • The number of Hispanic/Latino seniors who took at least one AP Exam during high school increased from 10,678 in 2006 to 16,494 in 2010, and the number of these students who scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam increased from 6,909 to 9,412.
  • The number of Black/African American seniors who took at least one AP Exam during high school nearly doubled, from 4,828 in 2006 to 9,272 in 2010, and the number of these students who scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam increased from 1,358 to 2,250. Despite these gains, however, Black/African American students in Florida remain significantly underrepresented in AP classes and within that group of students experiencing success in AP.
  • The number of low-income seniors who took at least one AP Exam during high school more than tripled, from 5,004 in the class of 2006 to 15,514 in the class of 2010. The number of these students who scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam more than doubled, from 2,600 to 6,879 during that time.
  • Five Florida high schools were singled out in the AP Report to the Nation for their success in assisting significant numbers of Black/African American and/or Hispanic/Latino students to succeed in AP:
  • Barbara Goleman Senior High School in Miami for success in Art History
  • Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami for success in English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, U.S. History, and World History
  • Cypress Bay High School in Weston for success in Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, U.S. Government and Politics, and Psychology
  • Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami for success in Studio Art
  • Miami Killian Senior High School in Miami for success in Human Geography
  • The 10 most popular AP Exams taken by Florida’s public high school seniors during high school, in descending order of popularity, were English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, U.S. History, Psychology, U.S. Government and Politics, World History, Calculus AB, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, and Environmental Science.

 “I am proud of our students and educators for striving for excellence in the classroom. I am particularly pleased that we achieved equity and excellence in AP among Florida’s Hispanic 2010 graduates.  Such success is a direct result of the decade-long Florida Partnership for Minority and Underrepresented Student Achievement,” said Senator Anitere Flores. “Now, we must achieve that same level of success across all of our traditionally underserved communities.”

The College Board and the state of Florida partnered to provide AP and other advanced course teachers with training and professional development in content knowledge and instructional skills. The Florida Partnership for Minority and Underrepresented Student Achievement reports training success and effectiveness to the Florida Department of Education.

“Florida has enhanced the college readiness of their students by preparing them to succeed in AP,” said Jenny Krugman, vice president of the College Board’s Southern Regional Office. “We commend Florida for giving an increasingly diverse group of students the opportunity to participate in AP, and urge the state to continue to help prepare these students for advanced, college-level course work.”

The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation national report and the State Supplement for Florida are available at http://apreport.collegeboard.org.

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