Mission CISD high school and junior high school students performed better on several Advanced Placement (AP) exams this spring than the national averages, according to reports recently received by the district from the College Board.
Students received scores on the AP exams ranging from a 1 to 5. Scores of a 3 or higher are considered passing scores. The College Board indicates that students who earn AP exam scores of 3 or above are generally considered to be qualified to receive college credit and/or placement into advanced courses due to the fact that their AP exams scores are equivalent to a college course score of middle C or above. Most universities begin to given students credit for scores of 3 or above on AP exams.
The percentage of Mission CISD students who took AP exams this spring receiving a score of 3 or above on AP exams beat the national passing percentages for the Calculus BC, Physics C-Mechanics, and Spanish Language exams.
“The AP courses are taught at the college level,” explained Carmen Garcia, executive director for secondary education. “When a student chooses to take one of these courses, it says a lot about their motivation and that they are focusing on getting prepared for college. This is also another opportunity for a student to potentially earn college credit if they score high enough on their AP exams.”
Garcia also said the AP course offerings are an indicator of the continued growth in the educational quality of the Mission CISD high schools.
At Alton Memorial Junior High School, K. White Jr. High School, and Mission High School, the percentage of students scoring a 3 or above on AP exams beat the national passing percentages for the Spanish Language exams.
At Veterans Memorial High School, the percentage of students receiving a score of 3 or above on AP exams this past school year beat the national passing percentages for the following exams: Calculus BC, Physics C-Mechanics, Spanish Language.