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Press releaseSALT LAKE CITY - In 2009, 16,361 Utah students, 93 percent of whom were public school students, took AP exams with a pass rate of 65 percent, beating the national pass rate of 59 percent, according to data released today (August 25, 2009) by the College Board.
Utah participation in AP programs increased by nearly 5 percent over 2008 and the passing rate increased slightly over 2008 when the public school passing rate 64.6 for all schools and 64.7 percent for just public schools. In 2009, all Utah schools had a passing rate of 65.4 percent and public schools had a rate of 65.2 percent. Nationally, the passing rate for public schools was 56.7 percent and 58.9 percent for all schools in 2009.
AP exams are taken at the end of the school year by students who have completed AP coursework. A grade of 3, 4 or 5 is considered passing and is eligible for college credit.
"More Utah students are taking more AP classes and performing better on the exams than last year and performing better than the national averages. I see this as good news for Utah," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway. "We are heartened to see large percentage increases among both Hispanic and black students but are working to get more AP participation from all of our racial and ethnic minority students."
Participation in AP testing was up across the board in Utah, but the largest percentage increases were among black students (up 27.5 percent to 88 students) and among Mexican American students (up 23.5 percent to 410 students). In all, Hispanic participation was up 850 students including Mexican American, Puerto Rican and other Hispanic students. White students still constitute 83.9 percent of AP test takers in Utah while they account for 79 percent of the student population.
The College Board also released figures on SAT participation in Utah. In 2009, 2,023 students took the SAT college entrance exam and earned average scores of 559 on reading, 558 on math and 540 on writing compared to the national average of 501 on reading, 515 on math and 493 on writing. For Utah, the scores were down two points on reading, up one point of math and down three points on writing. Nationally, reading and writing were each down one point while math remained steady.
Public school students account for 53 percent of the total of SAT test takers in Utah. Private or home-schooled students make up the rest. Just counting public school students, Utah's average SAT scores were 584 in reading, 581 in math and 559 in writing. Public school scores were down two points in reading, one point math and four points in writing. Few Utah students, public or private take the SAT exam. Just 3 percent of Utah public school students take the SAT. More than two-thirds of Utah public school seniors, by contrast, took the ACT college entrance exam.
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Top Ten Utah Public High Schools for AP Participation
School Test Takers Davis High School 672 Alta High School 612 Lone Peak High School 522 Park City High School 501 Skyline High School 500 Brighton High School 424 Hillcrest High School 413 Riverton High School 392 Woods Cross High School 352 Viewmont High School 350 <p> <b>Top Ten Utah Public High Schools for AP Passing Rate</b> School % Passing Delta High School 88.0 Juab High School 86.4 Davis High School 84.6 Mountain View High School 83.9 Bountiful High School 83.3 Itineris Early College High School 80.0 Park City High School 78.4 Timpview High School 77.3 Skyline High School 77.2 Viewmont High School 75.9 </p><p> <b>Top Ten Utah Public High Schools for SAT Participation</b> School Test Takers West High School 112 Park City High School 105 Skyline High School 98 Brighton High School 56 Alta High School 40 Davis High School 36 East High School 30 Timpview High School 27 Bingham High School 26 Hillcrest High School 26 Viewmont High School 26 </p><p> <b>Top Ten Utah Public High Schools for SAT Scores</b> School Combined Score Spanish Fork High School 1952 Murray High School 1935 Logan High School 1927 American Fork High School 1891 Mountain View High School 1885 West High School 1874 Provo High School 1852 Davis High School 1847 Bountiful High School 1840 Clearfield High School 1823</p>
(Courtesy of the Utah Office of Education)