The number of Galt High School seniors scoring well enough on Advanced Placement exams to earn college credit continued to rise last year, according to new state data.
The trend was the same across California. In Lodi Unified School District, Tokay and Lodi high school students scored higher than their North Stockton counterparts.
More than 77 percent of Galt High School seniors who took one of three AP tests last spring received a passing score of three or higher. Here’s how the scores break down:
- 44 out of 63 students, or 70 percent, passed the AP English literature/language arts test.
- 36 out of 45, or 80 percent, passed the AP macroeconomics test.
- 34 out of 39 students, or 87 percent, passed the AP U.S. government and politics test.
Not only do the students who pass the examinations receive recognition for earning college credit in high school, they save money since they don't have to take as many classes or prerequisites once they get to college.
While there are fewer AP offerings at Galt High School this year, there are more classes districtwide, according to Galt Joint Union High School District Superintendent Daisy Lee.
Among those is AP government which was cut because only 14 students enrolled, according to AP English teacher Alex Bauer.
“Like all other classes, (the offerings) are determined by the number of student sign-ups. If the sign-ups are sufficient, we will have the class. If not, we will cancel the class,” Lee said.
The two district’s two comprehensive high schools have a combined total of 17 AP classes, including traditional courses like AP calculus and AP world history, and more unique ones such as AP music theory and AP 3-D design. Last year there were 16.
The district’s AP program was founded in the mid 2000s. Before then, Galt High School had little to offer students seeking more challenging classes that could earn them college credit.
But nearly a quarter of the graduating Class of 2008 took one of 16 AP tests at the end of the school year.
“In these difficult budget times and era of stagnant CST scores, this is something we can all celebrate,” Bauer said comparing this year’s scores to the annual STAR examinations.
Unlike those tests, AP exams are voluntary and given only to students who enroll in AP classes.
Annual STAR scores will be released later this month.
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