Ohio Students Continue to Earn College Credit through AP Exams, More Promotion is Needed
Release date: 2/8/2012
In the Ohio public school class of 2011, 24,585 high school seniors took at least one AP exam and 15,453 scored 3 or higher at any point in high school. The numbers are up slightly from 2010, when 23,040 seniors took an AP test and 14,323 earned a 3 or higher.
The Advanced Placement Program, established by the College Board, allows high school students to take college-level coursework. Students take comprehensive examinations in subject areas of their choosing. Most universities require a score of 3 or better, on a 5-point scale, to earn credit for a college-level course.
“Despite being encouraged by the slight gains we are making in Ohio in regards to student participation – we must do more,” said Stan Heffner, superintendent of public instruction. “We must continue to promote AP course offerings and provide our students with more opportunities to jumpstart their college careers.”
While Ohio continues to make progress, the state’s percentage of high school seniors earning AP college credit is 12.8 percent, below the national average of 18.1 percent. Of particular concern is a growing achievement gap: just 2.9 percent of 2011 African-American high school graduates in Ohio earned AP college credit.
“We have students who deserve the opportunity to participate in AP offerings, regardless of what part of the state they live in or where they go to school,” Heffner said. “If we want Ohio students to succeed in a global environment, we must increase access to challenging and rigorous courses, including AP classes.”
The Ohio Department of Education has dedicated a full-time AP coordinator under Ohio’s Race to the Top (RttT) grant. Efforts include building connections among the state’s AP teachers, enhancing professional development, launching new AP courses at selected high schools and creating other strategies to increase AP participation.
Editor’s note: The 8th Annual AP Report to the Nation report is available at http://apreport.collegeboard.org.