AP Report to the Nation
Feb. 20, 2013
The 9th Annual AP Report to the Nation and its individual state reports show that a greater proportion of students are taking and succeeding in AP®. This is important because solid performance in AP boosts America’s global competitiveness, fosters math and science achievement, prepares students for success in college, and helps them to graduate on time.
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AP Program Facts
AP is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion and hard work of students and educators from secondary schools and higher education. With 34 courses in a wide variety of subject areas, AP provides willing and academically prepared high school students with the opportunity to study and learn at the college level. Through AP courses, talented and dedicated AP teachers help students develop and apply the skills, abilities and content knowledge they will need in college. Each AP course is modeled upon a comparable college course, and college and university faculty play a vital role in ensuring that AP courses align with college-level standards.
Expert AP Sources
A number of third-party experts have agreed to be contacted by media who have questions about the AP Program. They are from colleges, universities and secondary schools, and they are state-level administrators and representatives of national AP initiatives.
AP Development Committees
One of the things that make the AP Program unique is its establishment of and reliance on Development Committees. These committees are essential to the preparation of Course Descriptions and exams.
AP Research Summaries
Succeeding on an AP Exam is associated with a range of positive outcomes, from improved persistence to higher college grades. Furthermore, with improved access to AP, these outcomes are observed among traditionally underserved populations and among students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. This selection of studies further describes these — and other — benefits of AP.