Report: AP scores up at Riverhead, SWR high schools

02/25/2013 10:00 AM |
FILE PHOTO | The College Board released 2012 AP results Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO | The College Board released 2012 AP results Wednesday.

Students at both Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River high schools improved their Advanced Placement scores last year compared to the 2010-11 school year, according to a new report.

The College Board, an international not-for-profit group that offers both AP and SAT programs to help prepare students for college, released last Wednesday the latest AP results for class of 2012. While those who achieve a 3 or above on a five-point scale can earn credits at SUNY colleges, most other colleges require a score of 4 or better to give credit. A total of 468 local high school students took AP exams last year, a decrease of 63 students compared to 2011 data. Of the 911 exams, 577 tests scored a 3 or higher.

Riverhead High School had the most students taking AP exams the past two years. In 2012, 279 students took 540 exams with 49.1 percent scoring 3 or higher. During the 2010-11 school year, 309 students took 549 exams with 42.8 percent receiving top scores.

Shoreham-Wading River High School had the largest percentage of exams scoring a 3 or higher, with top marks received on 312 out of the 371 exams taken. The latest results also showed an increase in high achievement compared to the the 2010-11 school year when a 3 or higher was received on 80.3 percent of the 426 exams scored.

Here’s a breakdown of the AP results:

Riverhead High School

2011-12 school year
Test takers: 279
Exams taken: 540
Number of exams with scores 3, 4, or 5: 265

2010-11 school year
Test takers: 309
Exams taken: 549
Number of exams with scores 3, 4, or 5: 235

Shoreham-Wading River High School

2011-12 school year
Test takers: 189
Exams taken: 371
Number of exams with scores 3, 4, or 5: 312

2010-11 school year
Test takers: 222
Exams taken: 426
Number of exams with scores 3, 4, or 5: 342

jennifer@timesreview.com