Feb 10, 2014 6:06 PM by MTN News
HELENA - Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced on Monday that the number of Montana seniors taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams has significantly increased over the past 10 years, according to a new report by the College Board.
A news release from Juneau's office states that Montana's AP participation rate for graduating seniors has increased by 38% from 2003 to 2013, and the number of AP students demonstrating college-level mastery with scores of 3, 4, and 5 on an AP exam increased by 56% from 2003 to 2013.
Of the graduating seniors in the class of 2013, 1,873 students (20.6%) took at least one AP exam during high school, compared to 1,357 students (12.7%) in the class of 2003.
In May 2013, Montana public and private high school students took a total of 3,097 AP Exams that resulted in scores of 3, 4, or 5; this represents an estimated 9,291 college credits and a total potential cost savings for the Montana students and families of more than $1.9 million.
Juneau said, "While we can celebrate the successes of increasing participation in AP courses, we need to continue to encourage more teachers to become AP teachers and recruit additional students to take AP courses in their schools or through the Montana Digital Academy."
The College Board says that research shows that AP students are more likely to earn a bachelor's degree in four years than their peers. Participation and success in AP courses also helps students qualify for college scholarships.