Monday, April 15, 2019

Growing number of Illinois graduates perform at college level on AP exams

Beyond a positive trend in Illinois student content mastery
as shown on AP exams, 22 school districts in the state made
the Class of 2018 AP District Honor Roll, a new report shows.
Illinois ranks 10th in the nation for the percentage of 2018 graduates – 27 percent – who scored at least a 3 on the College Board Advanced Placement exams during their high school career. The national average is 23.5 percent, according to the new AP Cohort Data Report.

AP exams measure a student’s content mastery of college-level studies in specific academic disciplines. A score of 3 or higher on an AP exam demonstrates that a student is capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject in college.

Illinois also continues to report record numbers of graduates taking AP exams, with nearly 41 percent of graduates taking an AP exam during high school – up from 22.5 percent in 2008.

The percentage of Illinois graduates who scored a 3 or higher grew by 8 percentage points from 25 percent in 2015 to 27 percent in 2018. Illinois is fifth in the nation for the largest percentage point increase over the past decade in the percentage of graduates scoring a 3 or higher on an AP exam during high school.

Additionally, the College Board named Fenton High School District 100 in Bensenville the national AP District of the Year among all small-sized school districts in the United States and Canada, based on the district’s increases in AP access and achievement. Illinois school districts have won AP District of the Year awards in six of the past nine years.

Twenty-two Illinois school districts made the Class of 2018 AP District Honor Roll. View the full list on the College Board website.