LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas students continue to make improvements on Advanced Placement exams.
According to College Board, which released its 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation today, Arkansas public and private high school students took 13,933 exams in May 2013 that resulted in scores of 3, 4 or 5. A score of 3 or higher is generally accepted for college credit. The potential cost savings total more than $10 million.
These figures reflect an increase from 2012, when the total number of exams was 12,932, resulting in potential cost savings of more than $7 million.
"These scores show that Arkansas students are seizing the opportunity to excel as they prepare for college and careers," Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell, said. "The AP program not only challenges students, it allows them to earn college credit in the process."
"We’re pleased to see so many more Arkansas students are making higher scores," said Shane Broadway, Arkansas Department of Higher Education director. "We know this improves college readiness and increases the likelihood of college completion – good for each individual student and Arkansas as a whole."
College Board, the nonprofit entity that provides AP and SAT assessments, reported that the class of 2013 in Arkansas public schools took 12,140 exams that resulted in scores of 3 or higher. This has significantly increased from 2003, when 3,410 exams met this criteria.
"This success can be attributed to Act 2152 of 2005, which made Arkansas the only state that pays for AP exams," Kimbrell said. "As a result, the financial barrier for a lot of students was removed."
In addition to highlighting the increases, the report recognized four Arkansas school districts that were named to the 4th Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. Alma School District, Beebe School District, Farmington School District and Prairie Grove School District were among 477 districts around the country and Canada that were honored by College Board for increasing access to AP coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students who earned scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.
Selection for the honor roll was based on three years of AP data (from 2011 to 2013).
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