Maryland education tallied another number one national ranking today as the College Board released its annual report on the rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) program.
The percentage of Maryland seniors who earned a score of 3 or higher on one or more AP exams reached 26.4 percent in 2010, the highest percentage in the nation for the third straight year and 1.6 percentage points better than 2009, according to the College Board’s “Annual AP Report to the Nation.”
Maryland also ranked first in the nation in the percentage of graduating seniors who had taken AP exams in the mathematics and sciences disciplines. Maryland placed second to Florida in the total percentage of seniors completing an AP exam (43.4 percent to Florida’s 43.5).
“Advanced Placement Report to the Nation: 2011,” the College Board’s seventh annual analysis of the college-level assessment program, gives many high marks to efforts taking place in Maryland schools. For example:
Maryland is one of 14 states recognized for having eliminated the equity and excellence gap in AP achievement for the Hispanic and Latino population. While Hispanics were 7.1 percent of the Maryland population last year, 7.7 percent of the seniors who scored 3 or higher on the AP exam were Hispanic.
Maryland also has seen a big increase in the percentage of Black/African American students having success on the AP assessments. Nearly 10 percent (9.9 percent) of students receiving a grade of 3 or better in Maryland were Black/African American. That is the fifth-highest percentage among states in the nation.
The Maryland State Department of Education press release can be found at: http://www.msde.maryland.gov/MSDE/pressrelease_details/2011_02_09
Complete results are available at http://apreport.collegeboard.org