College Board results from the 2013 Advanced Placement (AP) program tests report that students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District continue to score higher than state and national standards in all test areas.
Thirty-one different AP examinations are available to high school students for college-level courses taught in high schools with strong college preparatory curricula.
Scores of three, four and five on an exam typically qualify the student for credit in that subject upon entering college. A score of four or five on an AP exam is equivalent to an A grade in an introductory college course at many institutions of higher learning. A score of three is equivalent to a B grade at the college level.
This year’s performance by MVLA students marked improvement in all areas of the curriculum.
Of the 3,600 students enrolled in district high schools, 1,196 took at least one test during the 2013 AP administration period. The results of the 2,264 submitted exams reported that 86 percent of the students received a score of three or better, qualifying them for college credit.
The 2013 results show an increase of 159 exams completed at that level, a 7 percent improvement over the 2012 results.
A few highlights from the 2013 AP administration:
• 277 district high school students took an AP Calculus exam, with 89 percent receiving a passing score of three or above.
• Of the 345 students who took an AP English exam, 83 percent received a passing score.
• In History and Government, 567 students, 80 percent, earned a passing score.
The national average for passing the AP exams with a score of three or better is approximately 60 percent.