More Maryland students are taking the Advance Placement assessment and SAT’s and while scores continue to improve on the AP, they declined slightly on the SAT, according to data released recently by the College Board.
More than 65,000 Maryland students took at least one AP test last year, an increase of 3.6 percent over 2012, and the number of exams taken jumped 5.2 percent to 122,726. In spite of the increase, the number of student test scores reaching the high-achieving scores of 3-5 increased 3.6 percent.
Hitting a score of 3-5 qualifies students to receive credit at many colleges and universities. The data was released today by the College Board, which administers AP and other national programs.
“One of the most important things we can do to strengthen the middle class is to provide every Maryland child with the opportunity to get a great education—that’s why we made the choice to invest in education, even in tough times,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley. “That investment is paying dividends: we have had the No. 1 rated public schools in the country for five straight years, and today’s Advanced Placement data shows that we are continuing to make progress on our goal to prepare students for college and career. Congratulations to our students and the educators for making it happen.”
State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery said the results indicate that students are taking their future very seriously. “Advanced Placement offers rigorous courses of study from French to physics, providing students with important academic challenges,” Dr. Lowery said. “Maryland students are ready, willing, and very able to meet the high bar of Advanced Placement.”
Maryland student success on the AP exams has ranked first in the nation for the past seven years. The College Board will release its 2013 rankings early in 2014.