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2016-2017 Advanced Placement Results

In 2016, 1,587 students in CCPS took one or more Advanced Placement classes.  This brief provides an overview of College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program and a summary of our students’ performance on the 2016 AP exams. College Board's AP courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that enable students to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both while still in high school. Each AP course is designed to offer students challenging coursework and a sampling of what college classes are like. At the end of the course, students take an AP exam to demonstrate their level of mastery of the content.

Attached are summary reports from the spring 2016 administration of the Advanced Placement exams.  The final score is reported on a 5-point scale as the following.

5 = extremely well qualified

4 = well qualified

3 = qualified

2 = possibly qualified

1 = no recommendation

AP Exam grades of 5 are equivalent to the top-level “A” work in the corresponding college course. AP Exam grades of 4 are equivalent to a range of work representing mid-level “A” to mid-level “B” performance in college. Similarly, AP Exam grades of 3 are equivalent to a range of work representing mid-level “B” to mid-level “C” performance in college. While colleges are free to establish their own standards, many allow students earning AP scores of 3, 4, or 5 to exempt the corresponding college course.

The College Board provides planning tools schools can use to improve students’ performance on AP exams.  The 2015 AP Planning Report Aggregated for District, which is attached, provides information about how Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) students performed by content areas or domains on the various AP exams. Clayton County Public Schools pays all AP fees that are not paid by the Georgia Department of Education.

Below is a summary of the district’s performance on the 2016 AP exams. For more information and details, refer to the attached charts, graphs, and pdf documents.

Performance Overview:

  • In 2016, 1,587 students in CCPS took one or more AP classes compared to 1,659 students in 2015. This reflects a decrease of 72 students. Drew (+30), Stilwell (+40), Morrow (+3), Mount Zion (+6), Mundy’s Mill (+37), and Riverdale (+2) high schools showed an increase in the number of students who took one or more AP classes. Elite Scholars (-15), Forest Park (-8), Jonesboro (-35), and North Clayton (-53) high schools showed a decrease in the number of students who took one or more AP classes.
  • In 2016, 2,529 AP exams were scored compared to 2,551 in 2015. Five high schools increased the number of exams taken: Drew (+61), Forest Park (+10), Stilwell (+101), and Mundy’s Mill (+98).  Stilwell School of Performing Arts had the largest increase in test takers. Seven high schools decreased the number of exams taken: Elite Scholars (-18), Jonesboro (-81), Lovejoy (-124), Mount Zion (-4), North Clayton (-75), and Riverdale (-22).
  • From 2015 to 2016, the percentage of AP students scoring a 3, 4, or 5 increased from 15.4 percent in 2015 to 18.5 percent in 2016. Six high schools saw an increase in the percent of students who scored 3 or higher: Drew High (from 9.8% to 11.5%), Elite Scholars Academy (from 15.0% to 32.3%), Jonesboro High (from 13.4% to 20.5%), Morrow High (from 19.4% to 34.7%), Mundy’s Mill High (from 10.4% to 15.8%), North Clayton High (from 8.8% to 13.1%) and Riverdale High (from 7.7% to 10.0%).
  • Four high schools saw a decrease in the percent of AP students who scored 3 or higher: Forest Park High (from 13.2% to 10.8%), Lovejoy High (from 18.8% to 15.5%), Stilwell School of Performing Arts (from 45.5% to 33.3%), and Mount Zion High (from 10.2% to 9.6%).
  • A five-year trend of the district’s performance show that CCPS students lag significantly behind state and global AP performance. In 2016, 58.1 percent (0.9 point increase from 2015 to 2016) of the state’s and 60.2 percent (0.5 point decrease from 2015 to 2016) of the nation’s AP test takers scored 3 or higher on AP exams.         


 Where there were 20 or more AP test-takers, Human Geography, Psychology, and English Language Arts had the highest mean score ranging from 1.97 to 2.60. However, these mean scores are below the state, national, and global averages.