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Utah students rank 11th in nation for AP exams performance

By ksl.com | Posted - Feb 21st, 2013 @ 9:15am



SALT LAKE CITY — Six Utah school districts have been named to the Advanced Placement honor roll for 2012 as new numbers show that the state ranks 11th in the country for the percentage of students passing AP exams.

One out of every five members of Utah's class of 2012 passed an AP exam for the 2011-12 school year, according to a report released Wednesday by The College Board, which administers AP exams. The report also shows that a total of 20,449 Utah students took 33,017 AP exams and passed them at rate of 68 percent, nine points higher than the 59 percent national average.

The numbers also show an increase of 1,941 students who took an AP exam compared to 2011.


These results show that more Utah students are better preparing themselves for college and careers. That's good news for those students and for our collective future.

–Martell Menlove, State Superintendent


“These results show that more Utah students are better preparing themselves for college and careers,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove said in a prepared statement. “That’s good news for those students and for our collective future.”

Alpine, Canyons, Davis, Granite, Nebo and Wasatch school districts were named to the AP Honor Roll, a distinction given to districts that experience three consecutive years of growth in both AP participation and performance. Davis and Nebo districts were also named to the honor roll last year.

The College Report shows that the most popular test for Utah students was United States history, followed by English literature and composition.


Top states earning AP credit Most popular AP tests taken in Utah
StatePercentageSubjectTest Takers
Maryland29.6United States History3,778
New York28.0English Literature & Composition3,508
Massachusetts27.9English Language & Composition2,982
Florida27.3Calculus AB2,518
Virginia27.2Psychology2,042
Connecticut26.9Statistics1,512
Maine24.8U.S. Government & Politics1,474
California24.7Biology1,323
Colorado24.2European History1,288
Vermont22.8Calculus BC1,096
Utah22.2
Georgia21.7
New Jersey21.2
Wisconsin20.6
Washington20.0
National Average19.5
Source: AP ReportSource: Utah Dept. of Education
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