GCPS Advanced Placement results: More Gwinnett students successfully take the AP challenge

GCPS Advanced Placement results: More Gwinnett students successfully take the AP challenge

Gwinnett County Public Schools reached an all-time high in participation on Advanced Placement (AP) exams last spring. 4,845 Gwinnett students took 8,464 exams last year, up from the 3,847 students who took 6,893 tests the previous year. In fact, the number of AP exams taken by Gwinnett students has more than doubled since 2000, when only 3,526 exams were taken.

Even as more students take AP exams, the system’s percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher remains high. Results show 65.5% of Gwinnett’s AP test-takers scored 3 or higher, compared to 57.6% at the state level and 59.6% globally. Scores of 3 and above are important as most colleges will grant credit or exemptions for those comparable classes at the college level to students achieving at this high level.

Gwinnett’s 2004 AP results also indicate that GCPS is making progress in the area of academic achievement, evidenced by an increase in the number of students taking the AP challenge and continued improvement against state and world-class measures. The school system’s mean score remains higher than the state and global averages. On a scale of 1 to 5, test-takers in Gwinnett had an average score of 3.04, compared to 2.83 for the state and 2.90 for the global mean.

“The Advanced Placement results are evidence of the progress Gwinnett County Public Schools is making toward its pursuit of academic excellence for students,” said CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. “We are seeing more Gwinnett students succeeding in these academically rigorous courses. And, when you measure our students’ achievement against the global mean, Gwinnett students come out on top.”

Participation in AP classes and exams provides students with more rigorous classroom experiences and performance comparison to college-level expectations. Students in grades 9-12 may participate in AP classes and exams. Most students are juniors or seniors; however, we are seeing a growing number of underclassmen taking the exams. The College Board works with colleges and universities to develop and make available the Advanced Placement Tests to high school students throughout the world. The Georgia Department of Education pays for students to take one AP exam. Students then pay the $82 fee for each additional AP exam they choose to take. Students who are eligible for the free/reduced lunch program are provided the tests free of charge.

AP Results by School, 2000-2005 (pdf)
AP Results-- System, State, and Global (2000-2005) (pdf)
AP Results by Subject (pdf)