SANDOWN – Top students at Timberlane Regional High School have done significantly better on their Advanced Placement (AP) tests this year than last, with 64.7 percent of them receiving top scores.
This number indicates a 13 percent increase over the group of Timberlane students who received a qualifying score last year.
Superintendent Earl Metzler recently sent out a press release with the new information, indicating his pride in the scores, the students, and the teachers who facilitated the work.
That 64.7 percent received at least a “qualifying score,” which indicates the student is doing the work required of an introductory level course in college.
The AP system grades tests on a one through five scale. A 5 means that the students is extremely well qualified, 4 is well qualified, 3 is qualified, 2 means the student is possibly qualified and 1 is no recommendation.
Many colleges and universities will accept a 3 score for credit and placement in particular courses.
At Timberlane all AP students participate in the exams.
In comparison, Metzler pointed out, both state and national numbers of qualified students decreased in the last year.
At the state level 74.3 percent of AP students received a qualifying score and nationally 60.6 percent of students performed as well. This is a 1.7 and .7 decrease from the previous year respectively.
Beginning in the 2013-14 school year the district began to require that all students enrolled in AP courses take the exam, an effort supported by the school board, whose members voted funds into the budget to pay for the test taking.
“It is important to note that many schools handpick which students take the test. With Timberlane’s increased rigor and accountability, and the district’s requirement that all AP students take the AP exam, this 13 percent increase in qualifying scores is even more impressive,” said Metzler.