AP Scores Up, SATs Down in D.C.
D.C. public high school students improved their showing on Advanced Placement exams this past year, District officials report.
The number of students scoring a 3, 4 or 5 on at least one AP exam increased by 26.5 percent, with 166 more students passing an exam in 2008-2009 than in 2007-2008, according to Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. She said the gains were distributed across subgroups with increases for white and African-American students. Twice as many Hispanic students also passed at least one exam.
Appearing with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty at a late afternoon press conference Wednesday at Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Rhee attributed the gains to better preparation. She said for the first time in recent history, DCPS teachers were required last year to have a College Board-approved syllabus for each AP course offering. The District also launched a pilot Saturday AP Academy at Columbia Heights and Cardozo High School attended by about 200 students.
"We are proud of our kids and the progress they've made and look forward to continuing to make progress," Rhee said.
The College Board also reported this week that average SAT scores in the District for public and private students dipped for graduates in the class of 2009 compared to the year before. Mean scores in critical readng went from 470 to 466, while mean math scores dropped from 455 to 451. Rhee said the numbers appear to be following national trends. She also said that the District would increase its level of preparation for PSATs and SATs much as it had for the DC-CAS standardized tests, on which students have shown gains over the last two years.
"We want to apply the same rigor to that that we have for other standardized tests," she said.
August 27, 2009; 12:31 PM ET
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