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Andrea Morgan, 503-947-5772

February 8, 2012

Oregon Receives 2011 Advanced Placement Results

Minority participation continues to lag

(Salem, Ore.) – According to information released today in the College Board’s eighth annual Advanced Placement Report to the Nation, more Oregon students are taking, and succeeding in, Advance Placement classes. However, despite recent increases in the number of minority students taking advanced coursework, Oregon’s African American, Hispanic, and Native American students are still less likely than their peers to take an AP exam.

“The fact that more of our students are taking advanced coursework is good news for our state, but we still need to see more students participating,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo. “Advanced placement and other rigorous content play an important role in preparing our students for college and career. Last year, less than a quarter of our graduates took AP exams and the participation rate for our Native American, African American, and Hispanic students is still well below where it should be. We need to refocus our efforts on expanding access to these and other accelerated courses if we are truly to prepare all students for success after high school.”

Oregon AP participation showed modest gains with 7,706 of last year’s graduates taking at least one AP class during their time in high school. This represents 24.5% of the graduating class, up from 23.5% the previous year. Oregon students are also doing slightly better in their AP courses with 15% of graduates receiving a 3 or higher (the score generally required for college credit), up from 14.1% the prior year. However, the goal is for student participation in AP to mirror the student population as a whole and that is currently not the case. African American students made up 2.4% of last year’s graduating class but only 1.8% of the AP test takers were African American. Native American students also had a participation gap with 2.2% of graduates reporting themselves as Native American but making up only 1% of AP test takers. And despite a 34% increase in the number of Hispanic students taking AP exams, Hispanic students only made up 8.9% of test takers, still well below the 15.1% of the graduating class that was identified as Hispanic. Thanks to the federal Test Fee Program, Oregon has been able to offer free AP exams to low-income students who now make up 20% of AP test takers.

Learn more about Oregon’s AP results by accessing the College Board’s Advanced Placement Report to the Nation online at: http://www.collegeboard.com.

For an audio clip of Superintendent Castillo, please go to: http://video.orvsd.org/ode/2012-AP.MP3.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Christine Miles, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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