Class of 2016 Data

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AP results for the class of 2016 include multiple years of AP data—results for all AP Exams taken by the graduating class throughout their time in high school—to present a full picture of that class’s entire experience with AP.Jump to footnote [1]

The data show that 1.1 million students in the class of 2016 took at least one AP Exam, up from 645,000 in 2006. Over the last 10 years, the national percentage of all U.S. public high school graduates who took an AP Exam during high school has grown steadily, as has the percentage of all U.S. public high school graduates who scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam.Jump to footnote [2] In 2006, 14.3% of the U.S. public school graduating class scored a 3 or higher on an AP Exam during high school. During the past decade, that percentage has grown by 7.6 points, to 21.9% of students in the class of 2016.

Figure 1 shows the percentage of all U.S. public high school students in the class of 2016 who scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam during high school, by state. These data show the degree to which students are participating in AP Exams and are achieving scores that qualify them for college credit at most U.S. public colleges and universities.

Figures 2a and 2b reveal the progress states have made over one, three, five, and 10 years toward ensuring that their students have the opportunity and preparation to succeed in AP. (States are listed in order of 10-year growth, from greatest 10-year growth to least.)

 

Percentage of the Class of 2016 Scoring a 3 or Higher on an AP Exam During High School, by State

 

What do the data show? United States: 21.9% of U.S. public high school graduates scored a 3 or higher on an AP Exam during high school. Massachusetts: 31.0% of public high school graduates in Massachusetts scored a 3 or higher on an AP Exam, leading the nation.

Performance Trend

Percentage of the Classes of 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016 Scoring a 3 or Higher on an AP Exam During High School, by State, Ranked by the 10-Year Percentage Point Change Appearing in Figure 2b

 

Percentage of Graduating Class
  2006 2011 2013 2015 2016
Massachusetts 18.8 23.3 26.5 29.8 31.0
Connecticut 18.7 23.9 26.9 30.0 30.1
Florida 18.5 23.7 26.1 28.3 29.5
Illinois 14.3 18.1 20.8 23.2 25.1
Rhode Island 8.3 12.0 14.4 17.4 18.6
Minnesota 12.1 17.6 19.7 21.8 22.3
New Jersey 16.3 20.5 22.8 25.3 26.5
Wisconsin 14.8 18.8 21.8 24.4 24.8
Colorado 17.4 21.3 23.8 27.0 26.9
Kentucky 8.6 12.4 15.2 17.8 17.6
Washington 13.5 17.9 20.0 21.8 22.5
Indiana 9.2 13.3 15.5 17.8 18.1
Maryland 21.8 26.5 29.0 30.6 30.4
Nevada 14.0 16.3 16.9 19.9 22.5
Hawaii 7.1 9.9 11.8 13.3 15.5
Michigan 11.6 15.5 17.3 19.4 19.9
California 20.6 22.0 24.0 27.5 28.5
Arkansas 9.2 13.5 15.2 16.9 17.0
Georgia 14.7 17.8 20.1 21.6 22.4
Oregon 9.9 13.5 15.6 16.7 17.5
Pennsylvania 10.6 13.5 15.4 17.6 18.2
United States 14.3 17.2 19.2 21.3 21.9
Alabama 5.6 8.4 10.8 12.1 12.8
New Hampshire 12.9 16.9 17.6 19.5 20.1
Virginia 21.2 24.8 26.9 28.0 28.3
Ohio 9.9 12.5 14.2 17.1 16.9
New York 20.6 22.6 24.9 26.0 27.3
Vermont 17.8 21.5 23.8 26.0 24.4
Arizona 9.1 11.9 14.1 15.2 15.6
Maine 15.5 18.8 20.6 21.6 21.3
Texas 14.4 15.9 17.3 19.6 20.2
Iowa 7.3 10.0 10.9 12.5 13.0
Dist. of Columbia 8.2 9.3 11.2 14.0 13.8
Missouri 5.8 7.9 9.4 10.9 11.4
South Carolina 13.2 14.4 16.2 18.4 18.7
Nebraska 5.2 7.9 9.3 10.6 10.6
Louisiana 2.5 4.1 5.1 7.3 7.8
Wyoming 6.7 8.9 9.5 11.0 11.7
Delaware 14.0 14.6 17.2 17.6 18.7
West Virginia 6.3 8.6 9.0 10.3 10.9
North Carolina 16.1 17.3 18.0 19.7 20.6
South Dakota 8.9 11.8 12.3 13.2 12.9
Tennessee 8.0 8.5 9.8 11.4 11.9
Alaska 12.7 12.5 13.5 15.7 16.5
Utah 21.0 22.2 23.8 24.7 24.3
Kansas 7.5 9.5 10.1 10.5 10.7
New Mexico 9.2 10.1 11.3 12.0 12.3
Montana 9.8 12.3 12.7 13.2 12.8
Idaho 9.4 11.9 13.0 11.4 12.1
Mississippi 3.3 4.1 4.4 5.5 5.9
North Dakota 7.2 7.8 8.9 10.3 9.6
Oklahoma 9.3 10.4 11.2 11.8 11.7

Performance: Change Over Time

1-Year, 3-Year, 5-Year, and 10-Year Change in the Percentage of Graduates Earning a 3 or Higher on an AP Exam During High School, by State, Ranked by the 10-Year Percentage Point Change

 

Fig. 2b. Performance: Change Over Time
  1-year 3-year 5-year 10-year
Massachusetts 1.2 4.5 7.7 12.2
Connecticut 0.1 3.2 6.2 11.4
Florida 1.2 3.4 5.8 11.0
Illinois 1.9 4.3 7.0 10.8
Rhode Island 1.2 4.2 6.6 10.3
Minnesota 0.5 2.6 4.7 10.2
New Jersey 1.2 3.7 6.0 10.2
Wisconsin 0.4 3.0 6.0 10.0
Colorado -0.1 3.1 5.6 9.5
Kentucky -0.2 2.4 5.2 9.0
Washington 0.7 2.5 4.6 9.0
Indiana 0.3 2.6 4.8 8.9
Maryland -0.2 1.4 3.9 8.6
Nevada 2.6 5.6 6.2 8.5
Hawaii 2.2 3.7 5.6 8.4
Michigan 0.5 2.6 4.4 8.3
California 1.0 4.5 6.5 7.9
Arkansas 0.1 1.8 3.5 7.8
Georgia 0.8 2.3 4.6 7.7
Oregon 0.8 1.9 4.0 7.6
Pennsylvania 0.6 2.8 4.7 7.6
United States 0.6 2.7 4.7 7.6
Alabama 0.7 2.0 4.4 7.2
New Hampshire 0.6 2.5 3.2 7.2
Virginia 0.3 1.4 3.5 7.1
Ohio -0.2 2.7 4.4 7.0
New York 1.3 2.4 4.7 6.7
Vermont -1.6 0.6 2.9 6.6
Arizona 0.4 1.5 3.7 6.5
Maine -0.3 0.7 2.5 5.8
Texas 0.6 2.9 4.3 5.8
Iowa 0.5 2.1 3.0 5.7
Dist. of Columbia -0.2 2.6 4.5 5.6
Missouri 0.5 2.0 3.5 5.6
South Carolina 0.3 2.5 4.3 5.5
Nebraska 0.0 1.3 2.7 5.4
Louisiana 0.5 2.7 3.7 5.3
Wyoming 0.7 2.2 2.8 5.0
Delaware 1.1 1.5 4.1 4.7
West Virginia 0.6 1.9 2.3 4.6
North Carolina 0.9 2.6 3.3 4.5
South Dakota -0.3 0.6 1.1 4.0
Tennessee 0.5 2.1 3.4 3.9
Alaska 0.8 3.0 4.0 3.8
Utah -0.4 0.5 2.1 3.3
Kansas 0.2 0.6 1.2 3.2
New Mexico 0.3 1.0 2.2 3.1
Montana -0.4 0.1 0.5 3.0
Idaho 0.7 -0.9 0.2 2.7
Mississippi 0.4 1.5 1.8 2.6
North Dakota -0.7 0.7 1.8 2.4
Oklahoma -0.1 0.5 1.3 2.4

Jump to footnote [1] referrer. Because reliable enrollment and demographic data for nonpublic schools are not available for all states, the data on this page represent U.S. public school students only.

Jump to footnote [2] referrer. Because of changes in the U.S. public school list and recent updates to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) projection of high school graduates, AP data appearing in the AP Program Results: Class of 2016 should not be compared to AP data for graduating classes found in previous reports.