Feb 09,2007 00:00
Bend Weekly News Sources
State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced Tuesday that Oregon saw a 16.2% increase in the number of students participating in Advanced Placement classes over the previous year. A total of 8,535 students took AP exams last year, up from 7,342.
Overall, the state showed increases in every area of AP participation – all students, males and females, and all racial/ethnic populations.
“Oregon has benefited from federal grants to expand the number of students taking the AP Exam and to expand the number of teachers prepared to teach AP courses,” Castillo said. “The good news in this report is that targeted assistance to schools and students is paying off. AP programs provide Oregon students with a wonderful, rigorous course of study that is excellent preparation for those students going on to college. I am very pleased to see Oregon’s numbers increasing.”
“We know that we have many talented students who are not looking at AP as an option, and we need to encourage them to see themselves as high-performing students. AP is as much about aspiration as it is about achievement,” Castillo said.
Research shows that students that take even one AP course, regardless of their AP Examination score, are more likely to enroll in, persevere, and complete college than students that have not taken AP. AP courses are taught by dedicated and enthusiastic high school teachers who follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board.
There are currently more than 110,000 teachers leading AP courses in high schools worldwide. AP is strengthened by their participation in professional development workshops and Summer Institutes and in the annual AP Reading where thousands of AP teachers and college faculty gather at college sites across the United States to score the AP Exams using rigorous guidelines.