By Joe Doggett, Director of Studies
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in 21 different courses at Tabor and remain popular with our students as a way to challenge themselves academically with a college level curriculum. Results from this spring’s AP testing have been released and Tabor students have continued to fare very well on these tests.
Advanced Placement Tests are scored 1-5, with a score of 3 or better indicating a readiness for college level work. Scores of 4-5 are when a college, if they allow AP credits to transfer at all, will award those credits and free students to move to more challenging courses as they enter Freshman year.
The general trend over the years of more 4’s and 5’s and fewer 1’s and 2’s continued to hold true for 2013. The percentage of students scoring 3 or better (the accepted benchmark for colleges acknowledging credit-worthy performance) stands at an all-time high this year at 82% out of 184 student tested. The most popular subjects for students to test in are US History and Chemistry with an average score of 3.4 and 3.6 respectively. The highest average scores (a 3.7 or better) were achieved in English Language, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Biology, Physics B (non-calculus based), Physics C M (calculus-based mechanics) and French.
Particular kudos go to the students and teachers of the Calculus AB and BC courses: 22 out of 23 students in BC Calculus earned a 4 or a 5 (20 5’s!), while 31 out of 35 in AB Calculus earned a 4 or a 5 (22 5’s). That is impressive.
Well done Tabor students and Class of 2013! You raised the bar yet again!