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Parkway leader among AP exams scores in Missouri

By: Bonnie Krueger


According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education [DESE], Missouri students have increased their scores on Advanced Placement [AP] exams.

Three Missouri school districts attained the AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP classes for their students while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on the exams. Among those three is Parkway School District, which has made the list for multiple years.

The latest data show that 12.2 percent of 2017 graduates in the state scored a 3 or better on AP exams, up nearly one percent from 2016 and double the percentage from 2007.

AP classes offer several advantages for students, including portability of scores to a variety of colleges and universities in Missouri and across the country. Students who score 3 or higher have been shown to earn higher grade point averages in college, and they are more likely to graduate from college in four years. A score of 3 indicates a student is qualified in a subject; 4 is well qualified; and 5 is extremely well qualified.

AP participation is one of several measures Missouri uses to determine college and career readiness. Nineteen percent of Missouri‘s class of 2017 took AP classes in high school. In addition, 43 percent of 2017 graduates were enrolled in dual enrollment or dual credit classes. An additional two percent were enrolled in International Baccalaureate courses.

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