Statement issued Thursday:
Nine area schools are among those recognized by the Indiana Department of Education for achieving high numbers of 2011 graduates passing Advanced Placement (AP) tests or for dramatically increasing the number of graduates passing these rigorous exams.
“The educators, students and parents in these school communities should be commended for their work to make sure more Indiana students leave high school having had academically challenging experiences—like AP courses and exams,” Dr. Bennett said. “AP exams are one important indicator that more of our students are acquiring the skills necessary to leave high school prepared for college and the workforce.”
Schools with 25 percent or more of 2011 graduates passing at least one AP exam
• Homestead Senior High School (MSD Southwest Allen County) – 29 percent
Top Schools by County (Highest percentage of 2011 graduates passing at least one AP exam)
• Allen County – Homestead Senior High School (MSD Southwest Allen County)
• Whitley County – Columbia City High School (Whitley Co. Cons. Schools)
• Dekalb County – Dekalb High School (Dekalb Co. Central United School District)
• LaGrange County – Westview Jr./Sr. High School (Westview School Corporation)
• Wells County – Norwell High School (Northern Wells Community Schools)
• Noble County – East Noble High School (East Noble School Corporation)
• Adams County – Bellmont Senior High School (North Adams Community Schools)
• Huntington County – Huntington North High School (Huntington Co. Community School Corp.)
• Steuben County – Angola High School (MSD Steuben County)
See the attached spreadsheet for the top schools in each county, based on the number of 2011 graduates who passed at least one AP exam.
AP provides students access to challenging, post-secondary experiences in high school. A student who passes an AP test receives college credit with a score of 3, 4 or 5 on a 1 to 5 scale. AP testing is one measure Indiana uses as an indicator of college and career readiness, along with International Baccalaureate exams, dual credit and technical certifications.
Statewide, the results show more Indiana schools than ever are reaching the state’s goal for 25 percent of high school graduates to pass AP exams. Overall, 61 percent of public schools increased AP pass rates from 2010 to 2011.
Moreover, the state’s improvement in percentage of graduates passing an AP test over the last two years is the second largest in the nation. Since 2008, the number of graduates passing an AP exam increased by more than 40 percent, and the number of students taking an AP exam increased by more than 60 percent.
View Indiana’s AP scores by school and school corporation using the attached spreadsheet. For more information about the AP testing program, visit http://apcentral.collegeboard.com.