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Georgia Ranks 11th in the Nation on Advanced Placement Exams

 Over 350 AP Honor Schools Recognized    MEDIA CONTACT : Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358,  - Follow us on Twitter and Facebook     NOTE : The state does NOT have school-level results. Please contact the school or district directly for these results.     February 9, 2011  -- Georgia ranks 11th in the nation in the percentage of seniors scoring a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, according to The College Board's AP Report to the Nation released today. This report measures progress of the class of 2010.   "Our students must have rigorous coursework in high school to be successful after they graduate,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “I am so pleased that more of our students than ever are taking AP courses and passing the exam.”   Advanced Placement classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP classes offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.   The AP Report to the Nation looks at data for 2010 high school seniors. Among Georgia's public high school seniors in 2010:  - 19.1% scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam during high school. That is higher than the national average of 16.9%.  - Georgia is tied for 6th in the nation when comparing the five-year increase of seniors scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam (4.7% growth compared to 3.0% for the nation).  - Georgia has the 10th highest one-year increase of seniors scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam (1.3% growth compared to 1.0% for the nation).   When it comes to public school students enrolling in AP courses and taking the exams, Georgia is also a national leader. Only four other states in the country had a greater percentage of AP exam-takers last year. The percentage of Georgia seniors who took an AP exam was 37.3%, compared to 28.3% for the nation.    State Efforts to Increase AP Participation   The State of Georgia has undertaken many successful efforts to increase participation in AP programs and success on AP exams. Among the initiatives:   From 2003-2010, the Georgia Legislature approved funds to pay for students to take at least one AP exam per year. For those seven years, economically-disadvantaged students had all of their AP exams paid for each year.   The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has organized the distribution of AP Teacher Training Grants. Since 2006, GaDOE has funded approximately $970,693.00 in grant awards to train 1,342 new AP teachers. These awards have allowed 792 new AP courses to be offered in public high schools throughout the state. It is anticipated that in 2010 an additional 400 AP teachers will be trained.   The GaDOE has sponsored regional workshops for teachers of AP for the past four years. These workshops are led by master teachers of AP in Georgia high schools. To date, over 2,100 AP teachers have participated in these course-specific workshops.   The Georgia Virtual Schools (GAVS) continues to add AP classes, increasing access to students throughout the state, including those that might not otherwise be able to take an AP class. In 2009-2010, 552 students enrolled in 21 different AP courses.    AP Honor Schools   Superintendent Barge also named today more than 350 AP Honor Schools.   "Georgia continues to see positive trends in Advanced Placement -- not only in the number of students taking the courses, but in the number of students having success," Superintendent Barge said. "Much of the progress we’re seeing in Georgia can be attributed to our AP Honor Schools."   The 2011 AP Honor Schools are named in five categories, based on the results of AP exams:   -  AP CHALLENGE SCHOOLS : Schools with fewer than 900 students with students testing in the four core areas of English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science   -  AP ACCESS & SUPPORT SCHOOLS : Schools with 30% of AP test takers that are African-American or Hispanic and at least 30% of all AP exams scoring 3 or higher   -  AP MERIT SCHOOLS : Schools with at least 20% of students taking AP exams and at least half of the AP exams scoring a 3 or higher   -  AP STEM SCHOOLS : Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science)   -  AP STEM ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOLS : Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.    List of AP Honor Schools    AP CHALLENGE SCHOOLS     AP ACCESS & SUPPORT SCHOOLS    AP MERIT SCHOOLS     AP STEM SCHOOLS     AP STEM ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOLS     AP Charts and Graphs