Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to achieve impressive results on Advanced Placement (AP) scores. According to the College Board’s AP 2017 report, FCPS high school students continue to score well above state and national averages on AP exams.
FCPS continued to outperform state and global mean scores and percentages of AP students with scores of 3 or better. Maryland’s mean score was 3.03, the global mean score was 2.84 and the FCPS mean score was 3.27, up from last year’s 3.19. The percentage of students with scores of 3 or better was 64.7 statewide, 60.3 globally and 73.6 at FCPS, up from last year’s 72.0. Achieving a score of 3 to 5 on a 5-point scale qualifies students to receive credit at many colleges and universities.
As the district continued to demonstrate outstanding AP results, the number of AP students and exams taken increased slightly. AP participation remains stable even as students take advantage of the newly enhanced dual enrollment option that allows them to enroll in one or more college courses and receive college credit while they are still in high school. Data in Frederick County show that the number of completed dual enrollment courses has increased by 299 in the last year. Students completed 1,335 college-level dual enrollment courses that were equivalent to corresponding AP courses. This number, combined with the 4,522 AP exams taken last year, exceeds participation levels in advanced coursework reported in the 2013 Advanced Placement School Report.