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Oct. 9, 2012


 Advanced Placement participation and scores increase in Texas 


AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams announced today that participation in Advanced Placement (AP) tests by Texas public school students was up by 4 percent in the 2011-2012 school year. According to data from the College Board, performance increased for all students by 9.1 percent, with African-American and Hispanic students showing the greatest gain in performance at 12 percent and 13.9 percent, respectively.

“More Texas students are choosing to take the academically rigorous AP classes, and increasingly they are meeting the challenge, said Williams. “Students who are succeeding in AP classes and on AP exams in our high schools are positioning themselves for future success in college.”

AP tests are graded on a one to five scale, with many colleges and universities awarding course credit for scores of three or better. Last school year, 194,391 Texas public school students took 350,766 AP exams, and earned scores of three, four or five on 162,959 exams.

College Board officials estimate that if the 34,564 students who received a five on an AP exam enrolled in one of the state’s two flagship universities and were awarded course credit, they would save $36.7 million to $42.9 million in tuition costs alone. The savings climb by millions more if students apply for and receive credit for scores of three and four.

Williams noted that the latest results reflect a continuing trend of increased performance and participation. Since 2009, the number of AP exams taken by Texans increased by 81,412 exams or 30.2 percent. During that same period, scores of three, four or five increased by 30.1 percent.

The AP exams most frequently taken by Texas students in descending order are:

  • English Language and Composition
  • United States History
  • World History
  •  English Literature and Composition
  • Spanish Language

See the attached chart for additional details about AP results.