Exam shows more Mass. students ready for collegeBy RODRIQUE NGOWI , Associated Press
Feb. 20, 2013 6:55 PM ET
BOSTON (AP) — The number of Massachusetts high school students who are ready for college is rising considering that nearly 28 percent of those who took the advance placement exam last year scored a three or higher, a solid indicator of college readiness, state education officials say.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Wednesday that the exam results from 2012 were up 2.4 percent from the previous year. The results, released by the College Board, show Massachusetts with the highest percentage of high scorers nationwide after Maryland and New York.
Just over 39 percent of Massachusetts' public high school students took the exam last year up from nearly 22 percent in 2002.
"These results demonstrate our progress in boosting student participation and performance on the AP exams," Gov. Deval Patrick said. "Now we must continue to invest in education to help even more students enroll in these rigorous college preparatory courses and reach higher levels of attainment."
The performance of minority and low-income students in the state continues to improve, although their AP exam results still lag behind Asian and white students.
Nearly 39 percent of African American students scored a three or higher, compared with just over 55 percent of their Hispanic and Latino peers, just over 75 percent of white students, and more than 77 percent of Asian students.
The report shows the number of African American students scoring a three or higher rose to nearly 470 students last year, compared with just over 150 a decade ago. Nearly 930 Hispanics and Latino students achieved the coveted score last year, compared with more than 310 in 2002.
More than 1,710 Asian students scored a three or higher last year, compared with nearly 660 a decade ago, and more than 12,300 white students scored a three or higher, up from just over 7,100 in 2002.