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Greenwich High AP Scores Reflect 10-Year High

GREENWICH, Conn. — Greenwich High School students performed the highest in 10 years on the 2011 Advanced Placement exams, the school district reported Tuesday.

Students scored high in course enrollment, the number of exams administered and the percent of seniors with a score of 3 or better out of 5 on the AP test. Greenwich High School offers 23 AP courses, including history, art, music, calculus, literature, sciences and world languages.

The 2011 results show a mean achievement score of all exams taken of 3.76, with scores as high or higher than state and national averages on 20 of the 23 subject exams given. For example, students who took AP American history scored a mean of 4.26, compared with a state mean of 3.29 and a national mean of 2.75.

In 2011, 1,493 students enrolled in AP courses and 1,340 exams were administered, the highest number in at least a decade, according to the district. Graduating seniors who scored a 3 or higher on the AP exams was 44.8 percent, also the highest percentage in 10 years. For example, of the 228 students enrolled in AP psychology, 196 students took the test. Of those students tested, 168 students scored 3 or higher on the exam.

Students also scored high on the “Challenge Index,” the number of AP exams taken in a year divided by the number of seniors taking AP courses. According to The Washington Post, “The rating can reveal the level of a high school’s commitment to preparing average students for college.”

The school’s Challenge Index for 2011 is 2.078, based on 1,340 exams administered divided by 645 graduating seniors.

Are you pleased with the scores Greenwich students have reached? What do you think the school can do to increase testing even further? Comment below or email ahelhoski@thedailygreenwich.com