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Rockwood smashes state average for AP exam scores

By: Bonnie Krueger

The Rockwood School District offers 31 different Advanced Placement [AP] exams as part of the academic offerings in its curricula. According to The College Board, students who participate in the AP program gain college-level skills and may earn college credit while they are still in high school.

“Last year, 30 percent of all Rockwood high school students participated in the program by taking at least one AP exam,” noted Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost. “AP classes and AP exams often become a gateway for more students to attend college, and it’s our goal to continue increasing our student involvement.”

In the 2016-2017 school year, a total number of 4,663 AP exams were taken by 2,176 students.

Rockwood consistently ranks above state and global averages on AP exam scores. Eighty-seven percent of Rockwood students scored a 3 or higher on at least one exam last school year. This is an increase from the previous school year and it compares to the Missouri average of 63 percent and the global average of 60 percent.
Every student receives an overall grade on the AP examination within a five-point scale: extremely well qualified-5; well qualified-4; qualified-3; possibly qualified-2; and no recommendation-1.  A score of 3 or higher indicates that students may receive college credit for the course.


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