Purpose

This report provides information about Texas public high school students who complete Advanced Placement (AP) courses and AP exams. It also examines AP course and exam participation for students by gender, ethnicity and economically disadvantaged status. The state level report shows numbers of students broken out by grade (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th) who complete courses, pass courses, take AP exams and pass AP exams. Data in this report are provided at the statewide level and at the district level.

Data Source

Advanced Placement (AP) test data for Texas public high school examinees were provided to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) by the College Board. Student gender, ethnicity, and economically disadvantaged status were obtained from the TEA Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS). The College Board also collects these data elements and they were used when they were not available in PEIMS.

Due to small numbers at the district level, reports are provided only for public school districts with grade 9 - 12 student enrollment of 100 or more, where AP course and exam data were submitted by the district. Small data numbers, shown as asterisks (*) in data tables, are masked to protect student confidentiality. Masked data are not displayed in graphs. A hyphen (-) displays in tables to indicate that there are no students in the group.

Data Elements

Advanced Placement (AP):

The AP program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. It is designed to enroll high school students in college-level courses. AP courses are developed locally and taught by high school teachers, based on course information provided by the College Board.

Economically Disadvantaged:

A student is designated as economically disadvantaged if he/she is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch or eligible for other public assistance as defined in the TEA’s Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) Data Standards.

Enrolled Students:

The number of students enrolled in Grades 9 through 12 as reported by Texas public school districts as of the Fall Snapshot date (the last Friday in October) of each year. The student enrollment counts include students served by public school districts including charter schools but does not include the Texas School for the Deaf, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or the Texas Youth Commission schools.

Ethnicity:

Ethnicity/race is one of the demographic characteristics reported for each student at the time of enrollment. Categories are described in the PEIMS Data Standards as:

Please note that for the district level report, counts are displayed for Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, White, and Other categories. In order to avoid excessive masking of data, we included the counts for the American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, and Two or More Races categories into the “Other” category. For the purpose of this district report only, “Other” includes counts for these three categories combined.

Students Completing AP Course:

The number of students in grades 9 through 12 completing at least one AP course during the academic year. Students completing more than one AP course are counted only once. Data include all AP course areas.

Students Passing AP Course:

The number of students in grades 9 through 12 passing at least one AP course during the academic year. Students passing more than one AP course are counted only once.

Students Taking AP Exam:

The number of students in grades 9 through 12 taking at least one AP exam. Students taking more than one AP exam are counted only once. Data include exams in all AP course areas.

Students Passing AP Exam:

The number of students in grades 9 through 12 passing at least one AP exam. A grade of 3 or above is considered as passing. Students passing more than one AP exam are counted only once.