The College Board recently released the 2011 results of the Advanced Placement (AP) program assessments. The scores revealed that Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District students continue to exceed state and national standards in all test areas.
There are 38 different examinations available to high school students for college-level courses taught in high schools with strong college preparatory curricula. A score of 3, 4 or 5 on an exam typically qualifies the student for college credit in the subject upon entering college.
A score of 4 or 5 is comparable to an “A” grade earned in an introductory college course. A score of 3 is equivalent to a grade of “B” earned at the college level.
This year’s performance by Los Altos and Mountain View high schools includes marked improvement in all areas.
In the 3,500-student Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, 1,110 students took at least one test during the May AP testing period.
The students took 2,010 exams, with 83 percent meriting a score of 3 or better.
The 2011 results represent an increase of 119 exams, or an 8 percent improvement over the 2010 results.
More than 80 percent of the 242 MVLA students who took one of the AP Calculus exams earned a passing score of 3 or above. A total of 413 students attempted the AP English exam, with 83 percent receiving a passing score.
In History and Government, more than 80 percent of the 584 who took the test passed.
The national average for passing the rigorous AP exam with a score of 3 or better is approximately 60 percent.
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