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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008

Advanced Placement Exams


Between 1999 and 2007, the number of American Indian/Alaska Native high school students taking Advanced Placement tests increased.

Figure 4.8. Average scores of 12th-grade students on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, by subject and race/ethnicity: 2007
Average scores of 12th-grade students on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, by
subject and race/ethnicity: 2007
1 Averages combined from Calculus AB and Calculus BC examinations.
NOTE: The College Board collects race/ethnicity information based on the categories American Indian/Alaskan; Asian/Asian American; Black/Afro-American; Latino: Chicano/Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Other Latino; White; and Other. Black refers to test takers who identified themselves as Black/Afro-American, and Hispanic refers to the sum of all Latino subgroups. Pacific Islander may or may not be included in Asian/Asian American because the response option provided by The College Board was given only as Asian/Asian American. Possible scores on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations range from 1 to 5.
SOURCE: The College Board, Advanced Placement Program, National Summary Report 2007.

Students who take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school are eligible to take the corresponding AP examination and may earn college credit for scores above a minimum threshold. Currently, there are 37 AP exams available across 22 subject areas. Between 1999 and 2007, the number of American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP exams in the 12th grade increased 78 percent, which was a higher rate of increase than that for students overall (73 percent). Over the same time period, the number of 12th-grade test takers in each other racial/ethnic group also increased. American Indian/Alaska Native students scored, on average, consistently below the national average for all students. However, American Indian/Alaska Native students scored above Black and Hispanic students on the calculus, chemistry, and U.S. history AP examinations and had the same score as Hispanics on the English language and composition AP examination.

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