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ERIC Number: ED485910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Exam Results for 2003-2004
Connolly, Faith; Powell, Marilyn
Montgomery County Public Schools
Goal 1 of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Strategic Plan, "Our Call to Action: Pursuit of Excellence" (MCPS, 2004), is to "Ensure Success for Every Student." One measure of success for students who plan to attend college is their preparation for college-level course work. The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers MCPS students an opportunity to take college-level courses while enrolled in high school. The growing number of MCPS students taking AP exams and doing well, earning a 3 or higher, along with the continued growth of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program speaks to MCPS students' interest in taking advantage of academic opportunities. This report provides a descriptive examination of the results of AP exam takers in the 2003-2004 school year. The key research questions addressed in this report are: (1) How many students took an AP exam and who were they? Has it changed over time? (2) How many students take multiple exams? (3) What AP exams do Montgomery Public School (MCPS) students take? (4) How did students perform on the exams? (5) Do students who have not taken the course take the exam? How do they do? (6) How many MCPS students took the IB exams? How did they do? and (7) For the graduating Class of 2004, how many exiting seniors took an AP exam and how did they do? AP data are reported by the College Board to MCPS for students who identify themselves as MCPS students. These students are compared with official MCPS enrollment files and demographic and course-taking history added to the file for analyses. IB exam data were provided by IB program staff at the school level. MCPS transcript data are extracted from the Student Information Data System. The section beginning on page 6, entitled "Results" provides descriptive information on students who took the AP exam in 2003-2004, the number of exams taken, the subject matter of the exams, and performance on the exams. It is organized to respond to the research questions identified in colleges and universities relating to students' transcripts for both AP and IB course work and exam scores. MCPS continues to offer more rigorous courses to high school students, especially AP courses and exams, and continues to encourage the growth of the IB program. Expanding both of these opportunities while maintaining current levels of success will contribute to MCPS's ability to meet Goal 1. Tables containing numbers and percentages of students taking the most popular MCPS AP exams are presented in the Appendix. (Contains 11 tables and 5 graphs.) [This document was produced by the Department of Shared Accountability.]
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A