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AP results for Pinellas



The Pinellas school district hit a trifecta with Advanced Placement tests this year: More kids, more tests, higher pass rate.

According to district results released to The Gradebook today, 5,940 students took the tests last spring (up 7.4 percent from last year); altogether they took 10,525 tests (up 7.6 percent); and the percent scoring a 3 or above inched up from 41 to 41.7 percent.

The spreadsheet attached below shows this year's figures, school by school and subject by subject. (Or go here, here, here and here.) Last year's numbers are here. We haven't had a chance to give the latest stats more than a glance, or to compare years, but associate superintendent Bill Lawrence pointed to these highlights in an email:

* 5,940 full time high school students took 10,525 exams.

* This is an increase of 407 students (7.4 percent) since 2010 and an increase of 2,759 students (86.7 percent) in the past five years.

* The number of exams taken increased by 739 (7.6 percent) since 2010 and by 4,703 (80.8 percent) in the past five years.

* 4,384 students earned an AP score of 3 or above, 372 more than the 4,012 students who earned a score of 3 or above in 2010.

* 41.7 percent of students earned a “passing” score of 3, 4, or 5, up from 41 percent in 2010, a 1.7 percentage point increase.

* 491 African-American students took AP exams in 2011, 24 more (a 5.1 percent increase) than in 2010.

* Students at Dixie Hollins, Tarpon Springs, and Osceola high schools showed the most growth in their AP programs with increases of 52 percent, 55.8 percent, and 93.4 percent, respectively, in the number of exams taken.

* Students at Largo and Osceola high schools showed the greatest improvement in performance in their AP programs with increases of 67.9 percent and 88 percent, respectively, in the rate of students earning a score of 3 or above.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 7:18pm]


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