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Pasco school officials pleased with increased AP, SAT participation

Pasco County school district officials, long seeking to increase student access to advanced courses leading to college, this week told School Board members that they're achieving the goal.

Students, particularly those in minority groups, are participating more in Advanced Placement and SAT exams, they said, as well as scoring better.

Among the Pasco highlights:

- Since 2011, participation in AP coursework has increased by 23%. Currently, 41% of all AP students are classified as minorities.
- SAT participation among Pasco's black students rose 26% in 2014-2015.
- Hispanic SAT student participation increased by 20%.
- 30% of Pasco's AP or SAT participants received used fee waivers  because of their low-income status.

The chart above also shows that Pasco students equaled or outperformed their peers statewide and nationally on the SAT in every subgroup. 

"There is much to celebrate here in Pasco as our students reach higher to become college and career ready!" assistant superintendent Vanessa Hilton told superintendent Kurt Browning in an email detailing the data.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 11:47am]


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