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Pasco Students Continue to improve AP enrollment and scores
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Pasco Students Continue to improve AP enrollment and scores

Pasco County, Florida -- The number of Pasco County public school students who scored a 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement exam has increased 151 percent over a five year period. In the last school year, 1,971 students earned a 3 or above on at least one AP exam, a 10 percent increase over 2012.

“The 2012-2013 AP exam results continue to demonstrate the District School Board of Pasco County’s commitment to challenging our students with the rigor required to be college, career, and life ready,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning. 

The percentage of high school students who scored a 3 or higher increased 12 percent over the previous year. That increase coincides with an AP exam increased from 18 percent in 2011-2012 to 21 percent last year. This represents a 7 percent increase since 2010.  There was a 17 percent increase from last year in the number of students who took at least one AP exam, which is the same percentage increase in the number of students enrolled in AP classes.

At the same time, the district continues to see a reduction in the percentage of students scoring in the lowest score range of 1 on their AP exams with a 6 percent drop since 2010 (from 28 percent to 22 percent). 

Gulf High School, an International Baccalaureate school, had a district high 62 percent of their exams scored at a 3 or higher.  Sunlake High School led non-IB schools in exams scored at a 3 or higher with 60 percent.   Zephyrhills High School had a 96 percent increase in students earning a score of 3 or higher, the largest increase in the district.

The District is especially proud of Land O’ Lakes and River Ridge high schools.   Land O’ Lakes, the district’s other IB school, had 36 percent of their total school population taking at least one AP exam.  River Ridge High School had the highest rate for a non-IB school, with 28 percent of their students taking an AP exam.  Fivay High School had the largest overall percentage increase in the number of students taking an AP exam, at 56 percent. 

The following schools also exceeded the state average of students scoring a level 3 or higher while increasing enrollment in Advanced Placement courses: Land O’ Lakes, River Ridge, and Wiregrass Ranch high schools.

 

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