More Keller students are taking and passing Advanced Placement tests than ever before, continuing a trend that won the district recognition last year.
District officials discussed 2013 AP results at the December board meeting.
Charles Carroll, chief learning officer, said there could be a decline in Advanced Placement participation in the next few years with the increase in graduation options.
New state requirements mean students have more flexibility to take Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses in lieu of a fourth year of math or science.
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“Some students may opt out of AP classes for CTE classes in areas of interest,” Carroll said.
In May 2013, 2,086 KISD students took AP exams, an increase of 343 (nearly 20 percent) compared to the previous year. Every ethnic demographic group showed gains.
Those students took 3,902 tests with 2,381 earning grades of 3, 4 or 5 — high enough for college credit at most state universities.
The district out performed both state and national averages, with 61 percent of tests scoring 3 or higher compared to 46 percent in Texas and 57 percent nationally.
In 2012, KISD students took 3,337 tests and 2,076 scored 3 or better.
Superintendent Randy Reid said he didn’t believe there would be a big drop because many students are still aggressively pursuing the most rigorous math and science courses to have the best chance of success at four-year universities.
Each of the four KISD high schools boosted their AP Equity in Excellence scores which tracks the percentage of graduating seniors who score a 3 or better on at least one AP test over their high school careers.
Central had the biggest increase with 31.3 percent of 2013 grads earning a 3, 4 or 5, up from 26.9 in 2012. For Keller, the percentage was 37.7, up from 35.8. Some 24.1 percent of Timber Creek’s Class of 2013 scored 3 or higher, up from 21.4 percent while Fossil Ridge held steady at 23.2 percent.
In the fall of 2012, Keller was one of 12 districts in Texas and 539 in the nation to make College Board’s AP 2012-13 Honor Roll for increasing both participation and scores.