Hillsborough students take and pass more AP tests
By the looks of our preliminary data, Hillsborough County was able to pump up its advanced placement program even more this year without hurting its pass rate.
Last year we reported that of the college-level tests taken by high school students, 38 percent received a 3 or higher -- which generally means they'll get college credit.
This year the number of tests taken increased by 8 percent -- from 29,571 to 31,887. The percent scoring a 3 or better? Still about 38.
Critics have accused the Hillsborough school district, and others embracing the universal AP concept, of causing teachers to dilute the material to accommodate students who are not ready for a college-level curriculum. Supporters, led by Superintendent MaryEllen Elia have lauded the program for raising academic rigor and opening the AP opportunity up to a larger population of students.