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AP Exam Reports: Escambia lags behind State, not much improvement since 2009

The Florida Dept. of Education has posted the AP exam statistics for the 2011-12 school year on its website.  Statewide 29.6 percent of the 10-12th graders take AP exams for a advanced placement in college.  Escambia County has 18.3 percent. While Escambia has improved the percentage since 2009, the gap between the county and state percentages widened–going from 9.6 to 11.3 percent.

The state shows a slight improvement in those passing tests–jumping from 42.9 in 2009 to 45.2 last year.  Escambia County is relatively flat, slipping 0.9 percent, but still above the statewide percentage.

TOTAL 2012 AP Takers 2009 AP Takers Change 2012 Passing Tests 2009 Passing Tests Change
STATE 29.6 23.4 6.2 45.2 42.9 2.3
ESCAMBIA 18.3 13.8 4.5 45.3 46.2 -0.9
WHITE STUDENTS 2012 AP Takers 2009 AP Takers Change 2012 Passing Tests 2009 Passing Tests Change
STATE 31.4 24.4 7 50.7 48.4 2.3
ESCAMBIA 23.5 16.6 6.9 49.9 49.8 0.1
BLACK STUDENTS 2012 AP Takers 2009 AP Takers Change 2012 Passing Tests 2009 Passing Tests Change
STATE 16.1 13.3 2.8 22.5 19.1 3.4
ESCAMBIA 6.5 4.5 2 21.5 21.2 0.3
HISPANIC STUDENTS 2012 AP Takers 2009 AP Takers Change 2012 Passing Tests 2009 Passing Tests Change
STATE 27.8 23 4.8 44 42.2 1.8
ESCAMBIA 15.3 19.8 -4.5 37.6 39.4 -1.8

When you breakdown the AP numbers, the gap between the whites, blacks and Hispanic students is startling. No African-American student passed an AP Exam at Escambia High, Tate or West Florida High. Only the Hispanic students at PHS passed an AP exam.

Pine Forest students struggle the most with the AP exams. West Florida High only has 8.2 percent of its students take an AP exam, but 81.6 percent pass the exams they take.

School Name Total Percentage of AP Test Takers Total Percentage of Students Scoring 3-5
WEST FLORIDA HIGH 8.2 81.6
PENSACOLA HIGH 46.5 55
WASHINGTON  HIGH 18.7 43.9
J. M. TATE HIGH SCHOOL 21.6 43.3
ESCAMBIA HIGH SCHOOL 11.1 30.6
PINE FOREST HIGH 16.3 17.1
School Name Total Percentage of White AP Test Takers Total Percentage of White Students Scoring 3-5
ESCAMBIA HIGH SCHOOL 13.3 33.7
PENSACOLA HIGH 86.5 61.1
J. M. TATE HIGH SCHOOL 23.4 44.9
PINE FOREST HIGH 22.9 22
WASHINGTON  HIGH 27.5 46.9
WEST FLORIDA HIGH 12.2 81.7
School Name Total Percentage of Black AP Test Takers Total Percentage of Black Students Scoring 3-5
ESCAMBIA HIGH SCHOOL 2.5 0
PENSACOLA HIGH 12.8 25.6
J. M. TATE HIGH SCHOOL 7.9 0
PINE FOREST HIGH 8.6 1.4
WASHINGTON  HIGH 6.2 26.7
WEST FLORIDA HIGH 2.2 0
School Name Total Percentage of Hispanic AP Test Takers Total Percentage of Hispanic Students Scoring 3-5
ESCAMBIA HIGH SCHOOL 9.5 0
PENSACOLA HIGH 34.4 54.3
J. M. TATE HIGH SCHOOL 16.2 0
PINE FOREST HIGH 16.4 0
WASHINGTON  HIGH 13.6 0
WEST FLORIDA HIGH 2.4 0