MORE PUPILS PASS AP TESTS GIVEN IN MAY EXAMS CAN GIVE STUDENTS BOOST AS THEY ENTER COLLEGE.Byline: Helen Gao Staff Writer
A record number of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Unified students took the Advanced Placement exams
Advanced Placement examinations are taken each May by students at participating Canadian, American, and international educational institutions. The tests are the culmination of year-long AP courses. this year, with more earning passing grades on the rigorous college-level tests but fewer receiving the highest score, according to according to
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A total of 30,161 high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. took the exams in May, up 7 percent from a year earlier. Roughly 46.4 percent, or 13,994, passed the tests with a grade of 3 or better, on a scale of 1 to 5. In 2001, 45.8 percent of test-takers earned passing grades.
This year marks the first time since 1998 that the district's passing rate has increased.
District officials were thrilled with the high number of students taking the challenging exams, which are offered in 19 subjects, ranging from Spanish to physics and studio drawing. A passing grade of 3, 4, or 5 can earn a student college credit.
``To me, (the numbers are) an indicator of the district's culture that continues to say all students should have access to the most-challenging learning opportunities,'' said Maria Ott, senior deputy superintendent. ``I think it's a cultural shift.''
As in years past, San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
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Assistant Principal Marsha Rybin attributed the increase to the school's strong emphasis on higher education.
The school offers Advancement Via Individual Determination, a program that targets students who, because of family or socioeconomic background, need academic tutoring and encouragement to go to college.
``At Birmingham, our philosophy is that anybody who wants to take an AP class may, so (the students) do it,'' Rybin said.
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Principal Gregory Vallone said he emphasizes the importance of the AP program during freshman orientation each year, describing the role the exams play in college admissions and winning scholarships.
``I tell them what colleges look at is how you challenge yourself in high school with AP courses. Then they really start to get an idea that this is something important,'' he said.
``I tell them you want to have as many bells and whistles A slang English term for exceptional features in some product. In the computer field, it typically refers to functions in software that may be greatly appreciated by some users, even though they may not be necessary most of the time. as possible to draw attention to yourself. AP is the way to do it.''
But Ott said whether students pass the AP exams or not, they benefit tremendously from exposure to college-level material.
``We absolutely believe that it gives students a desire to go on to higher ed,'' she said. ``They are taking course work that is like course work they will take at the university level, so when they successfully complete an AP course, they say, 'Why can't I go on to a university?'''
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