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Nebo and Utah Public Schools Increase Participation in AP Exams

“Utah public students achieved a remarkable increases in the 2013 school year by increasing overall participation in Advanced Placement (AP) exams by more than 8 percent, increasing minority participation in those same exams between 11 and 23 percent, and increasing the overall success rate on the exams by more than 7 percent,” reported the Utah State Office of Education (USOE).

Nebo School District’s students earned college credit on AP exams at a rate of 65.8 percent, easily besting the national rate of 56.9 percent. Nebo students achieved even more by increasing AP tests taken by 13 percent and increasing tests passed by 10 percent from the previous year. 
                                   
The USOE also reported “A total of 20,638 Utah public school students took 33,217 AP exams during the 2012-13 school year with 22,398 of those exams earning a score of 3, 4 or 5, which can translate into college credit. This represents an increase of 8.4 percent students taking exams, an 8.7 percent increase in number of exams taken, and a 7.1 percent increase in exams with scores of 3, 4, or 5, the College Board reported today. Utah minority student population also increased its participation rates, the College Board noted. Mexican-American participation increased 10.7 percent, Asian participation increased 19 percent, American Indian 21.1 percent, black 22.5 percent, and Hispanic 23.3 percent. White participation increased 8.5 percent.”

“It’s very gratifying to see more of our students from a variety of backgrounds opting to voluntarily increase the rigor of their education by participating and succeeding in this program,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove. “This is a measurable step forward in meeting the challenges of helping all Utah students become college and career ready.”

More information: www.schools.utah.gov

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