An increased effort to have Clark County School District (CCSD) students take and pass Advanced Placement (AP) courses is paying off, according to preliminary data from the 2017-18 school year.
Districtwide, there were more than 24,600 AP exams administered to 14,064 students during the 2017-18 school year. The pass rate was 49.5 percent, which is an increase of 2.3 percent from the 2016-17 school year.
In addition to the increase in the pass rate, the district also saw increased pass rates among all of its subgroups. The gains from 2016-17 to 2017-18 by subgroups consisted of:
- American Indian or Alaska native – 2.4 percent increase
- Black or African-American – 2.8 percent increase
- Hispanic or Latino – 1.6 percent increase
- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 6.6 percent increase
- Two or more races, non-Hispanic – 3.0 percent increase
- Low-income/fee reductions – 2.7 percent increase
“I am pleased to see that CCSD students are accepting the challenge of taking college-level courses and passing their Advanced Placement exams,” said Superintendent Jesus F. Jara. “We are especially encouraged to see the gains in the pass rate by our underrepresented students. Our students are accelerating in college-level material, and this means more students are graduating college and career ready.”