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From: Peterson, Mark
To: Rep. McKell, M.,
Subject: Utah State Office of Education News Release: Utah Public Schools Again Increase Participation, Diversity on AP; Participation Down, but Scores Up Again on SAT Exam
Date: 2014-10-08T15:56:07Z
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Note: Attachments include a formatted version of this news release, one-page overviews of AP and SAT scores and participation of both Utah public schools and all Utah schools (public and private) and a list of individual public high school student participation and scores. College Board does not furnish USOE with scores from individual private high schools. Scores are not included for high schools with five or fewer participants.







October 8, 2014

Contact:          Mark Peterson, public relations director
                        801-538-7635 ·

Utah Public Schools Again Increase Participation, Diversity on AP;
Participation Down, but Scores Up Again on SAT Exam

SALT LAKE CITY – A total of 21,600 Utah public school students – a 5 percent increase over the previous year – took advanced placement (AP) exams in 2014 while maintaining last year’s 67 percent rate of earning college credit on those exams, according to College Board data. The College Board also noted Utah’s average SAT scores increased in reading, math and writing in 2014, but just 959 public school students took the test, a decrease of 8.1 percent.

Diversity also increased on AP exams in Utah including a 20.8 percent increase in Mexican American student participation, an 8.2 percent increase in black student participation and a 5.9 percent increase in Asian student participation. White student participation increased 3.5 percent. Only American Indian student participation decreased. That was by 12.8 percent or 14 students.

Utah public school students scored a 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exams – good enough to earn college credit – at a rate of 67 percent, comparted to the national rate of 57 percent.

“The really good news here is that in comparable demographics – students who are college bound – Utah’s public school students are performing consistently well,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joel Coleman. “About a quarter of our graduating seniors earn college credit through AP while in high school. Another 27,000 students – probably with some overlap – earn college credit through concurrent enrollment. Both AP and concurrent enrollment participants are looking more and more like our public schools as a whole and this bodes well for our future.”

The College Board also reported that 84 fewer Utah public school students took SAT college entrance exam in 2014, but the mean scores in reading were up 4 points to 598, math mean scores up 7 points to 594 and writing mean scores up 4 points to 573. Comparative national scores were 492 in reading (flat), 501 in math (down 2 points) and 478 in writing (also down 2 points). Utah SAT participation is waning as all students now take the ACT exam.

More information: https://www.collegeboard.org/program-results.


Top 10 Utah Public High Schools for AP Participation


School                                                                         Test Takers

Davis High School, Kaysville                                                  800

Skyline High School, Holladay                                               688

Hillcrest High School, Midvale                                              665

Lone Peak High School, Highland                                          651

Park City High School, Park City                                            566

Alta High School, Sandy                                                         450

Brighton High School, Cottonwood Heights                        443

Bountiful High School, Bountiful                                          425

Copper Hills High School, West Jordan                                425

East High School, Salt Lake City                                            417




Top 10 Utah Public Schools for AP Passing Rate


School                                                                         % Tests 3, 4, or 5

Cedar City High School, Cedar City                                       89.4

Davis High School, Kaysville                                                  87.6

Bountiful High School, Bountiful                                          85.5

Sky View High School, Smithfield                                          83.9

Olympus Junior High School, Holladay                                 83.6

Brighton High School, Cottonwood Heights                        82.5

NUAMES, Layton                                                                    81.7

Timpanogos High School, Orem                                            80.8

Olympus High School, Holladay                                            80.7

Mountain View High School, Orem                                       80.4




Top 10 Utah Public High Schools for SAT Participation


School                                                                         Test Takers

Skyline High School, Holladay                                               116

West High School, Salt Lake City                                           91

Park City High School, Park City                                            68

Hillcrest High School, Midvale                                              39

Olympus High School, Holladay                                            38

Davis High School, Kaysville                                                  37

Brighton High School, Cottonwood Heights                        26

Alta High School, Sandy                                                         23

Timpview High School, Provo                                                            19

Bingham High School, South Jordan                                     17

Highland High School, Salt Lake City                                    17




Top 10 Utah Public High Schools for SAT Total Average Mean Score


School                                                                                     Score

Utah County Academy of Sciences, Orem                            1980

Logan High School, Logan                                                      1918

Timpview High School, Provo                                                            1918

West High School, Salt Lake City                                           1905

Lone Peak High School, Highland                                          1894

Bountiful High School, Bountiful                                          1890

Orem High School, Orem                                                       1866

Hillcrest High School, Midvale                                              1850

Davis High School, Kaysville                                                  1848

Provo High School, Provo                                                      1848