September 14, 2010
College Board Report Shows AP, SAT Gains for DCPS Students
DCPS students are making accelerated gains in SAT performance, resulting in a narrowing of the performance gap with their national peers.
Safiya Jafari Simmons
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WASHINGTON, DC – College-bound District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) students who took the SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) exams, in 2010, show gains in both participation and performance, according to the College Board, the nonprofit association that administers the exams.
DCPS students are making accelerated gains in SAT performance, resulting in a narrowing of the performance gap with their national peers. DCPS African American and Hispanic subgroups have made notable gains on AP examinations, as well.
“We celebrate all of the accomplishments of our students, and we are extremely proud of their progress,” said Chancellor Michelle Rhee. “But we are not surprised. The College Board’s report speaks to our students’ innate ability to excel and we have always believed that all children, regardless of background or circumstance, can achieve at the highest levels. These results further underscore that belief and are a reminder that we still have work to do.”
- The mean SAT performance increase of 27 points is especially notable since the average performance nationally had no growth.
- The DCPS subgroups that saw remarkable gain, include:
- Black students’ mean performance increased by 40 points.
- Male students ’ mean performance increased by 59 points.
- The performance gap between the national average for public school students and DCPS students has decreased from 297 points in 2009 to 270 points in 2010.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS
- According to the College Board, 39.4 percent of DCPS schools offered AP classes in the four core subject areas.
- In May 2010, 1,720 students sat for 2,940 exams. In 2009, 1,493 students sat for 2,580 exams.
- Notable gains of 21 percent and 12.5 percent were made in participation of black and Hispanic students, respectively.
- By subgroup, 5.3 percent more black and 4.8 percent more white students passed AP exams in 2010 compared to 2009.
- By fall 2011, 100 percent of DCPS high schools will offer AP classes in the four core subject areas.
PSAT results for DCPS test takers in October 2009
Visit the College Board website for the full report.