Students in the four-county Sacramento region scored well enough on 22,464 Advanced Placement tests to earn college credit last school year, up 20 percent from four years prior, according to new data from the California Department of Education.
Advanced Placement classes are designed to be equivalent to college-level instruction. Many colleges allow students who score well on an AP test to earn college credit and skip that class when they arrive on campus. AP exams are scored from 1 (worst) to 5 (best). A score of 3 or higher is generally good enough to earn college credit.
To determine which districts and schools had the most AP success, The Bee calculated the number of AP test scores of 3 or higher per 100 10th- to 12th-grade students.
Schools and districts with a low number of economically disadvantaged students tended to have higher rates of passage.
Roseville Joint Union High School District, where 27 percent of students were eligible for free or reduced lunch, had the highest ratio of passing AP scores. Twin Rivers Unified, where 85 percent of students were eligible for free or reduced lunch, had the lowest ratio.
Granite Bay High School had the highest ratio of passing AP scores among large local schools. It was the only school with more passing AP scores than students. (Students can take more than one AP test.)
Students at El Dorado Hills’ Oak Ridge High, Folsom’s Vista Del Lago High, Rocklin’s Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, Sacramento’s West Campus and Elk Grove’s Pleasant Grove High also posted stellar AP scores.