Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUWANEE -- Results from Advanced Placement exams administered in the spring showed that more Gwinnett County Public Schools students continued to challenge themselves with college-level work and mastered the upper-level material.
College Board results showed that in Gwinnett, 12,205 Gwinnett students participated in 23,468 AP exams during the 2011-2012 school year, an increase from the 11,177 students who took 20,773 exams the previous year.
Out of the 12,205 Gwinnett test-takers, 59.1 percent of them earned a 3 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5. Gwinnett's 59.1 percent compares to 56.5 percent at the state level and 61.5 percent globally. More than 3.7 million exams were administered worldwide this year.
Gale Hey, associate superintendent for teaching and learning, said the results speak to the district's focus on rigor and readiness.
"The increase in the number of students, as well as the number of exams taken, exemplifies our commitment to offering course work leading to college readiness," Hey said.
Participation in AP classes and exams provides students with more rigorous classroom experiences to meet college-level expectations. Students in grades 9-12 can participate in AP classes and exams.
Most students are juniors or seniors, however, a growing number of underclassmen participate in the AP program. The College Board works with colleges and universities to develop and make available the Advanced Placement Exams to high school students throughout the world.