Advanced Placement test-taking numbers up, scores down
While nearly 15% of the 2007 graduating public high-school class in the U.S. took an Advanced Placement exam -- a 25% increase over the past four years -- the proportion of exams that received an acceptable score dipped from about 60% to 57%, according to the College Board, which administers the tests. While that makes the fourth-straight year that scores have fallen, there are school leaders who say the added participation is worth it.
College Board. (2008). AP report to the nation. Princeton, NJ: Author.