August 31, 2004
Advanced Placement Participation Rises in
(Santa Fe, NM)--New Mexico experienced a 7.5% increase in the number of public and private Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) candidates in 2004, according to a state summary report issued today from The College Board. The number of candidates reached a six-year high of 5,312. The number of exams taken by students grew by 11.3% over 2003, to 8,532. And there was 18% growth in the number of grades of 3-5 as compared to 2003.
Governor Bill Richardson said, “The Advanced Placement
Program is an integral part of our efforts to prepare New Mexico students
for higher education I’m pleased to see that more students,
including Hispanics, are taking the exam. That’s a sign that
we’re making progress in closing the achievement gap in New
Forty-one percent (40.7%) of all candidates in New Mexico are minorities (Hispanic, American Indian, Asian and Black), compared to 29% nationwide. Hispanic participation in 2004 reached a six-year high in New Mexico of 32%, or 1,712 candidates, up from 24.3% in 1999. The number of exams taken by Hispanics increased by 16.4% and scores of 3-5 for Hispanics grew by 27.5%.
American Indian participation decreased by 26.6%. However, overall American Indian scores of 3-5 on exams grew by 47.1%, compared to 13.1% growth in scores of 3-5 for American Indians nationwide. Scores of 3-5 for American Indians in New Mexico’s public schools increased 23.1%. Scores of 3 or higher are sufficient to qualify for college or university credit for equivalent courses.
2004 Scores of 3-5 on AP Exams (On a five-point scale)
In the state’s public schools, 12% of students participated in AP. Black public school test-takers increased by 7%, Hispanics increased by 14.5% and Whites increased by 7.2%. Scores of 3-5 on exams increased by 22.7% for Blacks in public schools, 31.4% for Hispanics and 21.2% for Whites. Forty-five percent (44.7%) of AP exams taken by public school students earned grades of 3-5.
In both public and private schools, the largest number of AP exams were given in English Literature and Composition (17%), English Language and Composition (15%), History: United States (13%), Mathematics: Calculus AB (11%) and Spanish Language (6%).
AP Music Theory saw a 192% increase in the number of
exams taken, AP Human Geography saw a 171% increase, AP Statistics
saw a 122.2% increase, Physics C: Mechanics saw an 83.7% increase
and AP Spanish Language saw a 45.9% increase.