C.J. Hicks Elementary recently named its Fabulous Falcons Students of the Month of December. They are Josslyn Walls, Neriah Turner, Zymirra Smith, Orlandriyah Patrick, Candy Ochoa, Anaya Jackson, Janazia McDonald, Jacqueline Munguia, Jaila Davis, Jaylan Ampey, Janine Herrera, Danielle Carnegie, Tatiana McCollum, Autumn Jeffries, Divyesh Moore, Kemon Jones, Anderson Cruz, Deven Casseus, Alyssa Dominguez, Mariam Dera, Olawasbusola Edwards, Denim Reed, Lezia Smith, James Jacobo-Aduata, Maria Mullen, Alyson Rosado, Caitlyn Wilson, Kiaishia Moss, Jahri Allah, Destiny Carnegie, Sheena Larry, Kelton Benton , Destiny Bailey-Hall, Jada Andrews, Rhaia Jackson, Breana Williams, Oluwatobi Edward, William Carmona and Skylar Howard. These students were chosen as students who exhibit the trait of being caring.
ATLANTA — Georgia has moved up to rank 12th in the nation in the percentage of seniors scoring a 3 or higher — a passing score — on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, according to The College Board’s AP Report to the Nation.
STATE AP HONORS SCHOOL CATEGORIES
AP Challenge Schools: Schools of 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies);
AP Access and Support Schools: Schools with at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African- American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher;
AP Merit Schools: Schools with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 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 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Georgia moved up one notch after being No. 13 in the nation last year.
The report was released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Education.
Regionally, Lee County High School was recognized a Georgia AP school, as were Tift County High and Thomasville High, which was also cited as an AP Stem Achievement and AP Challenge school. Early County High and Mitchell-Baker High were also AP Challenge schools.
This report measures progress of the class of 2012. When results are broken down by subgroup, Georgia’s African-American students rank 2nd in the nation (behind Washington D.C.) in the percentage of seniors scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams. Georgia’s 10-year increase (10.1 percent) in the percentage of seniors scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams also shows impressive results, ranking 9th in the nation.
Georgia is a national leader when it comes to public school students enrolling in AP courses and taking the exams. Only five 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 41.1 percent, compared to 32.4 percent for the nation.
“Georgia’s students continue to outperform most of their peers throughout the country on Advanced Placement exams,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “These results show that Georgia’s students can compete against any students in the nation. Just as SAT results get everyone’s attention, I think the performance of our students on Advanced Placement exams deserves the same attention.”
Gov. Nathan Deal added, “The continued high scores of all Georgia students on AP exams are certainly cause for celebration. Advanced Placement courses help students develop college-level academic skills, and passing scores on those exams help students earn college credit for the knowledge they’ve gained. Georgia’s improvement on the percentage of seniors earning a three or better on AP exams represents a good deal — for our students and our state.”
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 2012 high school seniors. Among Georgia’s public high school seniors in 2012:
- The number of public school graduates leaving high school having taken an AP Exam in Georgia has increased by 149 percent in the last decade.
- 21.7 percent (17,767) of students from Georgia’s public high school class of 2012 scored 3 or higher on at least one AP exam during high school (ranking Georgia 12th in the nation), compared to 19.5 percent for the nation.
- 41.1 percent of graduates (33,647) from Georgia’s public high school class of 2012 took at least one AP Exam during high school, compared to 28.3 percent (21,730) from the class of 2007 and 20.5 percent (13,518) from the class of 2002.
- Georgia is 9th in the nation when comparing the 10-year increase of seniors scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam (10.1 percent growth compared to 7.9 percent for the nation).
- The number of African-American graduates who took at least one AP exam during high school nearly doubled in five years, from 4,555 to 8,900. The number of these students who scored 3 or higher on at least one AP exam more than doubled, from 1,086 to 2,417.
- 13.6 percent (2,417) of African-American students from Georgia’s public high school class of 2012 scored 3 or higher on at least one AP exam during high school (ranking Georgia 2nd in the nation), compared to 4.4 percent for the nation.
More of Georgia’s traditionally underserved public high school graduates are participating and succeeding in AP.
The 10 most popular AP exams taken by Georgia public high school graduates during high school, in descending order of popularity, were U.S. history, English language and composition, world history, English literature and composition, U.S. government and politics, calculus AB, psychology, statistics, biology and macroeconomics.