More Gwinnett students master college-level work

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.


Sandykin 3 years, 1 month ago

My son started with AP Human Geography which is the only AP class available to high school freshmen and took all AP classes as they became available. By his junior year, he was doing 3 AP classes and 3 dual enrollment classes at GGC and did his senior year completely at GGC only showing up at high school for EOCTs and to walk at graduation.

This type of rigor carries weight when looking at colleges such as UGA and GT, giving kids an edge if they can pair it with extra curricular activities or community involvement. Academics alone will not get you into UGA unless you are the valedictorian.

It's also very helpful in allowing students to graduate in 4 years if they do a double major or a major that requires extra coursework beyond the standard. A nice deal for the students of Gwinnett.


BurritoJones 3 years, 1 month ago

"Academics alone will not get you into UGA unless you are the valedictorian."



NewsReader 3 years, 1 month ago

Seriously Dude, why do you find humor in that?


BuzzG 3 years, 1 month ago

It is humorous because academics "extra curricular activities or community involvement" should not be what gets you into a school. These are highly subjective and can quickly lead to abuse. And in so far as there is wide discrepancy of grading between schools, testing results should be the largest determinant by far. ACT and SAT!


Sandykin 3 years, 1 month ago

The comment is serious, as anyone who has applied to UGA can tell you. You get extra points for academically rigorous studies, but because they have thousands more applications than they have available spots each year, they look for more than academics. They actually tell you this when you go to the orientation session. They want kids that are plugged into their school and their community because they are the ones that will plug into campus life and are more apt to stay and complete their 4 year program. Your academic scores, SAT and/or ACT and your extra curricular or community involvement are all taken into consideration.


CapnMack 3 years, 1 month ago

I hate to ever be the contrarian, but maybe this is part of our current educational "problem". Is it the mission of the school system to provide COLLEGE LEVEL education to high school students? Why are we doing this, aren't there plenty of colleges around? Why don't we eject these "ready for prime-time" students and let them move on to fulfill their expectations ON SOMEBODY ELSE'S DIME.

We have plenty of people who need teacher attention (or maybe two) to be successful at the HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. Teachers should be penalized for teaching these EASY and SUCCESSFUL students, how difficult is this? Pay them a premium for doing the DIFFICULT things WELL.

If AP-class high school students can't get into UGA, they can go into the community college ranks and make it easier for their parents to afford half of their school costs. It's always the "law of unintended consequences" that causes the problems. Just because YOUR son or daughter is an AP student you think that's an entitlement. Good work! Now move along.

I await your storm of angry protest with the attendant poorly worded vitriol.


tressag5 3 years, 1 month ago

You REALLY like to USE capital LETTERS. You're just angry and pretentious.


angie63 3 years, 1 month ago

Speaking from experience (my daughter started at UGA with 38 credits because of AP classes), schools do look at the rigor of classes. The one problem with AP credits is that HOPE counts those credits in the 120 hours that they pay for so it doesn't pay as long.


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