Budget cuts, strapped school districts and the overall state of our education system are real concerns. A film like Waiting for Superman just adds to the angst and anguish over the all-important education of our children. But then a ray of sunshine comes through the clouds, a smidgen of good news to give parents, educators and our children hope. This week The College Board released their report on the Advanced Placement programs, and the facts were encouraging.
What did the report say?
One big thing? They state not only that “students are participating and succeeding in AP than ever before” but that the “number of students succeeding on AP exams has nearly doubled over the past decade.” Woo hoo!
They provided a fancy chart that reflects the growth, which you can check out here. It basically states that there were 3,018,460 in the graduating class of 2010. 28.3% of them took an AP exam. And 16.9% of them scored a 3 or higher.
What does success on the AP scores mean for our future scholars? They predict that “students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience stronger college outcomes than otherwise comparable non-AP peers.”
“Over the last decade we’ve seen a remarkable increase in the number of high school graduates participating and succeeding in AP,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation highlights the successes educators have achieved in helping students from a wide variety of backgrounds gain access to, and be successful in, college-level AP course work. AP can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math. We are excited that more parents, students, educators and policymakers are recognizing these possibilities.”
Other encouraging news is that the report “shows how AP is helping to prepare students in science and math fields, which are essential to our nation’s long-term prosperity.”
Do you think this report gives us hope for our educational future, or is it just another collection of data that doesn’t really mean much? And does this data also mean SAT scores are on the rise?