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College Board report show Maryland AP test scores improve while SAT’s decline

Maryland students recorded another jump in both Advanced Placement assessment participation and success last year but scores on the SAT declined, according to data released yesterday by the College Board, which administers AP and other national programs.

Nearly 63,000 Maryland students took at least one AP test last year, an increase of 5.4 percent over 2011, and the number of exams taken jumped 5.4 percent to 116,614. In spite of the increase, the number of student test scores reaching the high-achieving scores of 3-5 increased almost 10 percent. Hitting a score of 3-5 qualifies students to receive credit at many colleges and universities.

“In Maryland, we’ve set a goal to improve student achievement and college and career readiness by 25 percent by the end of 2015,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “We place education at the top of our agenda because we know what stronger schools and better classrooms mean to Maryland’s future. This data serves as a testament to the dedication and hard work of our talented educators and students, and provides more proof that we are targeting our investments correctly.”

State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery said the results are a positive sign that students are becoming better prepared for life beyond high school. “Advanced Placement offers rigorous courses of study, serving as a cornerstone for future success in college or a career field,” Lowery said. “Maryland students are eager to test their mettle in everything from calculus to English literature.”

Maryland student success on the AP exams has ranked first in the nation for the past four years. The College Board will release its 2012 rankings early in 2013.

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