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NJ Students Rank 10th in the Nation in Advanced Placement Exam Scores

Just over 23 percent of high school graduates in the state scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam - up from 14.8 percent in 2003.

New Jersey is ranked 10th in the nation in Advanced Placement exam scores for 2013 public high school graduates.

In a report released by the college board, 23.6 percent of high school graduates in the state scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam. This is up from 14.8 percent in 2003.

Maryland, Connecticut and Virginia took the top three spots respectively. Advanced Placement Exams are scored on a 5-point scale.

According to the College Board, which administers the test, there has been a 7.9 point increase in the percentage of U.S. public high school graduates scoring a 3 or higher on an AP Exam since 2003. Seventeen states across the country, including New Jersey, exceed the national average.

Read the full report from the College Board >>
Mattie February 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM
I remember a time when our students ranked in the top THREE in the country. And Toms River school district was no. 1 in the state. Those days are gone, apparently....
cracker jack February 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Mattie, please dont confuse ranking for advanced placement( which showed tremendous improvement of 7+ percentage points) with the regular education of NJ students. Not all students take or qualify to take those exams.
cracker jack February 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM
NJ actually ranks 2nd in the country for reading as of Nov 2013 rankings. These figures are easy to research if you take a moment.
Linda Maloney February 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM
AP exams had modest beginnings at the midpoint of the 20th century. It really wasn't until the 1970's and 1980's that increasing numbers of schools added AP classes to their academic offerings. So true @ cracker jack, we can't compare AP classes with regular ed. classes or even honor classes.
Max February 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM
80th percentile? Is that anything to crow about?
Lisa Ostrowski February 11, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Ranking schools based on their AP scores is generally not a good idea that will help students. What it does is encourage school districts to selectively place students in the AP classes whom they know are the most likely to score high on the standardized test, regardless of the student's interest in pursuing the course as part of their college studies. For example, should an AP Music class be filled with students interested in pursuing Music as a college major or should it be filled with honors math and science students who are proven to be good test takers since they've already taken AP Calculus or AP Bio/Chem/etc? AP classes are not meant to equate to honors classes, and we shouldn't be ranking anything based on their outcome.
John February 11, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Considering NJ has the highest taxes in the nation we sure are NOT getting our money's worth......
Khürt Williams February 11, 2014 at 02:28 PM
I smell a rat. This AP report places Florida in the Top 10 for AP scores. Yet another report says Florida's schools are ranked near the bottom in achievement. Which one should I believe? http://www.news-press.com/article/20140109/NEWS0104/140109011/National-education-report-gives-Florida-schools-C-grade
Marlboro Mann February 11, 2014 at 03:28 PM
THE POWER OF TUTORING CENTERS!
Rick Ricky February 11, 2014 at 07:50 PM
@ Khurt Williams, Now that is funny. It is amazing how all these articles all talk in riddles and contradict each other. Like you said, what do you believe? I don't believe any of these articles or findings. They just don't jive. The schools are scamming as well as the test and kids taking them. What schools are taking these A/P test and claiming the students is getting a 3 on them.
A Resident February 11, 2014 at 11:23 PM
Rick Ricky....read the article....."In a report released by the college board"...."According to the College Board, which administers the test"
M Brodeur February 11, 2014 at 11:28 PM
My daughter is taking AP classes. By her choice, not the schools. And yes, she did score a 5 on an AP test.
Joe R February 12, 2014 at 12:18 AM
New Jersey’s track record is second in the nation in performance and improvement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). New Jersey’s track record is second in the nation in performance and improvement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). New Jersey is among the top seven states in increases in fourth grade NAEP Math scores from 2003 to 2011. New Jersey public school fourth graders have the sixth highest score in the nation in math in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). New Jersey public school eighth graders have the second highest score. New Jersey eighth graders rank #1—far above any other state in the nation—in writing in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). New Jersey is among the top five states in the nation in the percentage of public school students graduating high school. New Jersey public schools rank among the top 3 in the nation in academic achievement. New Jersey is first in the nation in the average Advanced Placement (AP) score for public school students this year. Source: College Board. 2012 AP New Jersey Summary Report.
Rick Ricky February 12, 2014 at 04:13 PM
It is all smoke and mirrors. I don't care who is releasing and reporting. @M Broduer, Goodie for her, 1 A/P Test. She is one in 500 who is scoring a 5 in 1 of A/P Test that might count.
Rick Ricky February 12, 2014 at 04:16 PM
@A Resident, I read the article. I don't care who it is released from. I don't believe any of them. They all are scamming. Colleges, Schools, Kids who are taking them.
Rick Ricky February 12, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Joe R, Get off your soapbox. You must be another delusional Teacher. Just like all teachers are great and they should have tenured for ever.
Rick Ricky February 12, 2014 at 04:26 PM
I find it funny with all the bragging that Teachers and Parents do only to have a bunch of these same so called top intelligent kids not able to make it through the first year of college. The ones who do stick it out go from star students to B or C students at best. Needing remedial classes to get them through it. You have one or two kids who might achieve or strive to be a A student.
Gordo K February 12, 2014 at 05:25 PM
Rick, Joe R is an NJEA mouthpiece.
Jim February 13, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Geez Ricky could you be any more ignorant?
Speedz February 13, 2014 at 09:26 AM
I agree these numbers are always confusing. They are changed and manipulated to help the cause of who ever is posting them. An example is when the governor released NJ SAT score rankings 3 years ago. He stated NJ was ranked 15th right under Mississippi. While that is what I consider unacceptable what he forgot to state was that only about 40% of Mississippi students take the SAT compared to 83% of NJ students. With a percentile difference in students taking the SAT like that those numbers should not be used as a comparison. Also I just read an article that stated NJ schools went from 6th in the country to 3rd this year and that NJ K-5 was ranked 1 in the Nation. So again it is hard to figure out what numbers make sense and how they are compiled but for all the K-5 teachers out there congrats and keep it up.
Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and in denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 03, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and all districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 AM
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted and manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.

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