Number of Advanced Placement Exams Taken Reaches All-Time High

LOS ANGELES (July 31, 2014)  – The positive trends continue for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students. Despite declining enrollment, the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams hit an all-time high with 48,000 tests taken in 2013-14, a 62 percent increase over the last seven years.
 
Districtwide, enrollment in Grades 9-12 has declined by more than 23,000 since 2006-07, a decrease of 13%. Yet, from 2006-07 to 2013-14:
 
The number of unique students enrolled in AP courses increased by nearly 7,000, a 33% increase from 2006-07.

The number of AP course offerings increased by more than 12,000, representing a 34% increase from 2006-07.

The number of AP tests taken in LAUSD increased by more than 18,000 since 2006-07, an increase of 62%. The 48,000 tests taken in 2013-14 were at an all-time high for the District, compared to the nearly 30,000 tests taken in 2006-07.

The percentage of tests with a score of 3 or above has remained constant between 39% and 42% over the past eight years.

Latino test takers increased by 89%, from nearly 16,000 in 2006-07 to 30,000 in 2013-14. The number of AP tests taken by African-American students increased by 29%, from 1,770 in 2006-07 to 2,290 in 2013-14.

Advanced Placement tests reflect college level course material and allow students to earn college credit, or advanced placement at a college or university. Even some LAUSD middle school students take AP courses and exams.

“These AP courses and exams open new worlds to our students,” LAUSD Superintendent John E. Deasy said. “I am so proud that we continue to work collectively to ensure all students are ready for college and career. Our students deserve this access.” 
 
AP test scores are reported on a 5-point scale as follows:
 
5 = Extremely well qualified
4 = Well qualified
3 = Qualified
2 = Possibly qualified
1 = No recommendation
 
“It is very encouraging that we have more students than ever taking AP courses,” said Board Member Tamar Galatzan, who represents the northwest San Fernando Valley.  “Access to rigorous coursework is what prepares our students for success beyond high school.”

Seven comprehensive high schools had the highest percentage of AP tests with scores of 3 or above, ranging from a 58.6 percent to 71.6 percent pass rate. They are: Van Nuys High, Cleveland High, Taft High, Hamilton High, Belmont LA Teacher Prep, Downtown Business Magnet High, and Garfield High.

"Kudos to Van Nuys High School where 1,445 tests were given and 1,035 AP exams were passed,” said Board Member Mónica Ratliff. “The hard working students of Van Nuys and the teachers who helped them prepare for the exams deserve to feel extremely proud of their collective achievement!"
 
The work of bringing rigorous instruction, high expectations and support to all of our students continues.
 
“Access to a quality education and student achievement must be central to what we do every day,” said Board Member Mónica García.  “Congratulations to all of our students who passed their AP exams. To our school leaders and teachers, thank you for your hard work in preparing them through this intense academic journey. The work does not end here and we must do more to get our students to reach 100% graduation.”
 
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Contact: Lydia L. Ramos (213) 241-6766