Advanced Placement participation grows in Wisconsin

Hillary Gavan:

Wisconsin’s 2018 public school graduates took more than 71,000 AP exams while in high school, with 66.4 percent of those exams scoring three or higher on a five-point scale, which resulted in them being eligible for college credit, advance standing or both at many colleges and universities.

Wisconsin’s 2018 graduates who earned scores of three or higher on their AP exams are estimated to save nearly $43 million in college costs.

At Beloit Turner High School, the number of students taking AP classes continues to grow substantially. In 2006-2007, for example, 37 students took AP tests. In 2017-2018, 119 students took the tests.

AP tests taken at Turner grew from 49 in 2006-2007 to 180 in 2017-2018.

The AP participation rate at Turner is higher than the state average, increasing from 9.7 percent in 2006-2007 to 26.4 percent in 2017-2018. The state’s participation rate was 7.8 in 2006-2007 and 16.4 percent in 2017-2018, according to data from Turner Superintendent Dennis McCarthy.