The College Board announced its Advanced Placement (AP) results for the class of 2010 and there was a lot of good news for minority students.
More than half a million public school students from the class of 2010 scored a 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) Exam during high school, nearly double the number of successful students from the class of 2001, and more minority students experienced success in AP than ever before. More importantly more low-income students participated and succeeded in AP than in previous years.
AP enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through more than 30 college-level courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both.
Over the past 10 years, the number of traditionally underserved minority students graduating with a successful AP experience has more than doubled— Black/African American graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 7,764 in 2001 to 19,675 in 2010; Hispanic/Latino graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 33,479 in 2001 to 74,479 in 2010; and American Indian/Alaska Native graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 988 in 2001 to 2,195 in 2010
Despite increases, Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American and American Indian/Alaska Native students remain underrepresented both in AP classrooms and within that group of students experiencing success in AP.