News about the county's high-performing high-school students just doesn't stop.
According to a Montgomery County Public Schools' statement, 52.3 percent of the county's public school students graduating from high school in 2012 earned a college-ready score (a score of 3 or higher) on at least one Advanced Placement exam, "far outperforming their peers across the state and nation." That's an increase of nearly 3 percentage points from 2011.
Nationally, only 19.5 percent of graduating seniors last year earned at least one college-ready AP score. Across the state, 29.6 percent of graduating seniors in 2012 earned at least one college-ready AP score. No state had a higher percentage of students earning at least one AP score of 3 or higher, the College Board’s AP Report to the Nation reported on Feb. 20.
"MCPS students continue to perform extremely well on Advanced Placement exams, demonstrating their desire to be challenged and their readiness for college-level work," Montgomery County Board of Education President Christopher S. Barclay said in a statement.
"We should celebrate these tremendous results, while strengthening our commitment to making sure all students have access to rigorous classes and are well-prepared for success."
More than two-thirds of 2012 MCPS graduates (67.3 percent—a district record) took at least one AP exam in high school. Statewide, that percentage was 48.2 percent, while nationwide it was 32.4 percent.
"I’m proud of the continued growth we are seeing in AP access and success for all students," Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said. "I am grateful for the hard work that our students and staff have put in to make MCPS a national leader in this and so many other areas."
Students from all racial and ethnic subgroups in the the county's class of 2012 showed improvement in AP performance.
"The percentage of Hispanic students earning a college-ready score on at least one AP exam was 38.1 percent, up nearly 1 percentage point from 2011. For African American MCPS graduates, the percentage was 23.3 percent, up 1 percentage point from 2011," according to the county schools' statement.
The high schools with the greatest percentage of 2012 graduates earning a score of 3 or higher on at least one exam were Winston Churchill (82 percent), Thomas S. Wootton (81.5 percent), Walt Whitman (80.8 percent), Poolesville (78 percent) and Walter Johnson (71.7 percent), the statement added.
Read more about the county school system's AP statistics in the MCPS Report on AP Participation and Performance. Read more about Advanced Placement exam statistics in the College Board's AP Report to the Nation.
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