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Nearly Half of Graduates Eligible for College Credit Through AP

Sep 12, 2018

Frisco ISD is proud of the continued growth of the Advanced Placement (AP) program, with approximately 7,000 students participating in exams during the 2017-18 school year.

Student scores provide the opportunity to enter a post-secondary setting with college credits already in hand. The higher the score a student receives on an exam, the more likely he or she is to receive credit hours at participating colleges and universities across the country.

In the 2018 graduating class, 48 percent of graduates scored a 3 or higher on at least one exam during their high school career, making the students eligible to earn college credit.  

As a District, 14,727 AP exams were administered to students throughout FISD in the 2017-18 school year. That is 2,000 more than the previous year.  

Of those administered exams, 76 percent earned a score of 3, 4 or 5. Thirty-five percent of students who took AP exams, or 2,431 students, earned an AP Scholar Award or AP Capstone Award for high performance.

“These numbers highlight the rigorous curriculum, hard work of students and high-quality instruction in AP classrooms,” said Dr. Angela Romney, managing director of secondary schools. “We are committed to continuing to expand access to AP and helping students be successful in these challenging courses and exams.”

Frisco ISD currently offers 30 AP courses. The most popular exams taken in 2018 were AP Human Geography, AP English Language, AP World History and AP US History.

In 2013 and 2017, FISD was honored by the College Board with placement on the Advanced Placement District Honor Roll for significant gains in student performance and access to AP courses.

To earn the recognition, districts must have simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP exam.

Success on AP exams allows families to save on college tuition costs and gives students the opportunity to skip out on introductory coursework, while also experiencing college rigor in high school.

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