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Feb 10, 2010 2:27 PM by Greg Boyce

Report predicts college success for Colorado students

The College Board's sixth annual AP® Report to the Nation, released Wednesday, reports that 20.1 percent of Colorado's public school students in the class of 2009 achieved an AP Exam score of 3 or higher during their high school years - a larger percentage than most other states in the nation and well above the national rate of 15.9 percent. The AP Exam is designed to predict success in college.

The data in this year's report show more Latino and African American public school students in Colorado are taking and succeeding on AP Exams, and yet these students remain underrepresented among AP students and within the group experiencing success in the state.  "I congratulate our students and educators on their hard work and success," said Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. "Colorado is committed to providing our students with a premier education because we understand that to maintain America's competitive edge, all our students need to be well-prepared and ready to compete with peers from around the world."

Throughout the AP Report to the Nation, success on an AP Exam is defined as an exam score of 3 or higher, which represents the score range that research finds predictive of college success and college graduation. These findings have held consistent across the decades.


In the past five years, public high schools in Colorado have increased the number of students gaining access to and experiencing success in AP:
• 15,499 students, or 32.9 percent, in Colorado's public high school class of 2009 took at least one AP Exam during high school, compared to 14,778 (30.5 percent) in the class of 2008 and 10,454 (23.3 percent) in the class of 2004.
• 9,476 students, or 20.1 percent, in Colorado's public high school class of 2009 earned a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during high school, compared to 9,186 (19 percent) in the class of 2008 and 6,746 (15.1 percent) in the class of 2004.
• Of the students in Colorado's public high school class of 2009 who took at least one AP Exam during high school, 1,883, or 12.1 percent, were Hispanic or Latino, compared to 1,622 (11 percent) in the class of 2008 and 874 (8.4 percent) in the class of 2004.
• Of the students in Colorado's public high school class of 2009 who earned a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during high school, 849, or 9 percent, were Hispanic or Latino, compared to 748 (8.1 percent) in the class of 2008 and 489 (7.2 percent) in the class of 2004.
• Of the students in Colorado's public high school class of 2009 who took at least one AP Exam during high school, 541, or 3.5 percent, were black or African American, compared to 486 (3.3 percent) in the class of 2008 and 257 (2.5 percent) in the class of 2004.
• Of the students in Colorado's public high school class of 2009 who earned a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during high school, 186, or 2 percent, were black or African American, compared to 153 (1.7 percent) in the class of 2008 and 92 (1.4 percent) in the class of 2004.
• 10 percent of Colorado's public high school class of 2009 took at least one AP Exam in science, and 13.4 percent took at least one AP Exam in math, compared to 8.8 percent and 9.7 percent, respectively, for the nation.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid and enrollment.

 

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