Sixty-one percent of Indiana public schools, including Huntington North High School, increased Advanced Placement (AP) pass rates from 2010 to 2011, according to school-level AP exam data released by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) on Thursday, Feb. 23.
Huntington North Principal Jeremy Gulley reported on his school's scores to the Huntington County Community School Corporation during a board meeting on Feb. 27.
"What I noted there is that our high school is moving in the right direction in respect to that important measure," Gulley told board members.
The high school achieved 35.6 percent AP testing participation among students, improving on 2009's participation rate of 22.3 percent.
Scoring also improved for North, as 12.8 percent of students earned a score of three, four or five - on a one to five scale - on AP tests. Three, four and five is the range of scores needed to earn college credit. In 2009, 8.8 percent earned AP college credit.
The statewide pass rate goal is 25 percent, established by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett when he took office. In 2011, 25 schools reached the new benchmark, improving on the eight schools in 2008. Indiana's overall passing percentage for graduates was 14 percent, which is also an all-time high.
Indiana's improvement in percentage of graduates passing an AP test over the last two years is the second largest in the nation. Since 2008, the number of graduates passing AP exams increased by more than 40 percent, and the number of students taking AP exams increased by more than 60 percent.
For more information about the AP testing program, visit apcentral.collegeboard.com.