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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.

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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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