High schools’ college credit test scores drop

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:53 am

Tuesday night, school board members were told the number of students earning college credit in their secondary education has decreased in Hanover.

Jennifer Greif, director of accreditation and accountability, presented the first set of the division’s student achievement data, which did not include the Standards of Learning results.

“We are seeing some shifts in the number of tests our students are taking,” Greif said regarding Advanced Placement tests.

While the number of tests students are taking has fallen, so has the tally of passing scores students are receiving. Colleges usually accept AP test scores of three and above.

“We are slightly dipping in the number of students who are receiving a 3 or higher,” she added about this year’s statistics.

Greif said that part of the reason those numbers have decreased is because the division stopped helping fund some of the tests. This year only 67 percent of students enrolled in AP qualified for college credit, meaning they received a score of a three or higher.

However, on the upside, AP enrollment countywide has increased from roughly 2,600 students to about 2,800, Greif said. This number counts students who were enrolled in more than one AP course.

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