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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2007-039
September 2007

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Table 13b.

Mean grade and percentage distribution of grades on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, by subject and race/ethnicity: 2005


Subject and race/ethnicity Mean grade Grade
5 4 3 2 1
All exams            
Total1 2.89 13.3 20.1 26.0 23.3 17.4
White 2.99 13.8 21.8 27.9 23.2 13.5
Black 2.01 3.2 8.5 16.9 28.8 42.6
Hispanic 2.52 10.0 14.8 21.8 24.0 29.3
Asian 3.05 18.1 21.2 24.3 20.9 15.5
American Indian/Alaska Native 2.45 6.3 14.7 23.2 29.2 26.6
             
Calculus AB            
Total1 2.92 20.3 19.5 17.8 16.9 25.5
White 3.03 21.6 20.9 18.6 17.0 21.9
Black 1.95 6.0 9.9 12.4 15.9 55.7
Hispanic 2.18 9.3 11.5 14.7 17.3 47.3
Asian 3.11 24.5 20.4 17.5 16.3 21.3
American Indian/Alaska Native 2.40 11.5 15.1 15.4 18.0 39.9
             
English literature and composition            
Total1 2.90 8.0 20.1 33.8 29.7 8.4
White 3.06 9.2 22.8 36.8 26.9 4.3
Black 2.04 1.4 6.1 18.7 42.4 31.4
Hispanic 2.28 2.6 9.2 24.5 41.4 22.4
Asian 2.95 9.5 20.6 33.1 29.5 7.3
American Indian/Alaska Native 2.44 3.1 12.8 26.9 39.0 18.1
             
U.S. history            
Total1 2.66 9.2 19.8 21.4 27.4 22.2
White 2.80 10.0 21.8 23.3 28.2 16.8
Black 1.87 2.2 8.3 13.3 26.1 50.1
Hispanic 1.98 3.6 9.9 14.0 25.9 46.7
Asian 2.85 12.3 22.6 21.4 24.9 18.8
American Indian/Alaska Native 2.27 4.4 14.4 17.9 30.0 33.2
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: Calculus AB, English literature and composition, and U.S. history are some of the most frequently taken AP exams (The College Board 2005). The grades for all AP examinations range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score. Data reported are for all students who completed an Advanced Placement exam. The College Board collects racial/ethnic information based on the categories American Indian/Alaskan; Asian/Asian American; Black/Afro-American; Latino: Chicano/Mexican, Puerto Rican, Other Latino; White; and Other. Black, non-Hispanic refers to test-takers who identified themselves as Black/Afro-American, and Hispanic refers to the sum of all Latino subgroups. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin.
SOURCE: The College Board, Advanced Placement Program, National Summary Report, 2005.
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