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Ohio Celebrates Advanced Placement Success

Release date: 11/13/2014

African-American, Hispanic High School Students Help
Lead Continued State Growth in College-Level Work

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second year in a row, an increase in the number of Ohio students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams is surpassing that of the nation as a whole, with African-American and Hispanic students showing especially strong growth.

“These Advanced Placement results are a tribute to educators and students who are teaching and taking the most challenging classes we can offer,” said Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction. “The results also show that our local school districts are continuing to offer more Advance Placement courses, which is contributing to the success we are seeing.”

Ross was at Shaker Heights High School Thursday to recognize the school’s success and announce the statewide results.

The College Board’s released report showed that for the 2013-2014 school year:

  • The number of Ohio students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher on a scale of 1-5 grew by 7.8 percent, compared with 5.8 percent nationally.
  • The number of African-American students in Ohio earning a 3 or higher grew by 11.5 percent and the number of Hispanic Ohio students earning a 3 or higher grew by 17.8 percent.

“When we see growth in the number of minority students taking and scoring well on these tests it’s a huge win for those students, their families, and the state of Ohio,” Ross said.

Advanced Placement classes and exams cover college-level material. Most colleges and universities grant credit, advanced placement or both for an Advanced Placement exam score of 3 or higher. Ohio students who reach that score are guaranteed college credit if they attend an Ohio public institution of higher education.

Research shows that high school AP students who earn advanced placement in college for a given subject perform as well as or better than those who take an introductory course in the subject at a college or university. Students who succeed on Advanced Placement exams also experience greater overall success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree in four years. Taking an Advanced Placement course and performing well on the exams also can save students and their families money in college tuition and fees.

More information about Advanced Placement courses and exams is available at