The College Board’s AP Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.
Approximately 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar Award.
In all, 542 CSISD students took 1,155 AP exams. CSISD students significantly outpaced the worldwide average, by having 33.9 percent of its test takers earn an AP Scholar Award.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
Students earn an AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of three or higher. The AP exams are scored on a five-point scale. In CSISD, 184 students met this requirement.
Students can earn higher levels of awards depending on the number of exams and their average score on those exams.
Of the 184 recipients, 18 CSISD students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Additionally, 80 CSISD students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Finally, 34 CSISD students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken,and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
About the Advanced Placement Program
Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.