The number of Advanced Placement exams taken in the
High school students take the rigorous exams for an extra academic challenge and, if they pass, to receive college credit or to be placed in a more advanced course.
The number of AP course offerings in the district increased by more than 12,000, representing a 34% increase from 2006-07.
Despite a districtwide enrollment decline since 2006-07 of 13%, or about 23,000 students, 7,000 more students have pursued AP courses, a bump of 33%.
Enrollment among students of color taking the tests also jumped. This year, 30,000 Latino students took the exams, up 89% from 16,000 in 2006-07. The number of African American students has increased by 29% to 2,290 from 1,770.
Participation in AP courses and exams has increased in other metropolitan school districts as well over the years. Last year, students took 35,590 tests in the
The number of students enrolled in AP courses in
Locally, with 39% to 42% students achieving a minimum score to pass or higher, pass rates have been stable since 2006-07. Van Nuys High School had the highest rate of students passing exams this year at 71.6%.
In 2013, California ranked sixth out of 50 states for the number of high school graduates achieving a passing score or higher, outpacing the national average by nearly 7%.
The nonprofit College Board administers the AP tests; they are scored on a numerical scale from 1 to 5.