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AP numbers soar at Lincoln-Way
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

On Thursday, August 2, 2018, the District 210 Board of Education met at Lincoln-Way Central for the regularly scheduled board meeting. At the start of the meeting Director of Data, Assessment and Innovation, Dr. Brian Murphy, presented the results of AP testing from the 2017-2018 school year.

In total, over 40 percent of the 2018 graduating class passed at least one AP exam. AP exams allow students to earn college credit in the state of Illinois when they pass with a score of 3, 4 or 5. Credit is often transferable to other universities throughout the United States as well.

“Look around at other high schools; AP numbers rarely climb this high,” says Murphy. “Great schools see numbers around 30 percent, and 40 percent of our students graduated with credit this year. It’s a true testament to outstanding teachers, driven students and supportive parents.”

In the year 2015, Lincoln-Way students took 2,173 exams and passed 65 percent of those exams. Over the next three years, both AP participation and success rates increased dramatically. By 2018, Lincoln-Way students took 3,802 exams—nearly 75 percent growth from 2015—and passed 71 percent of the exams taken.

“Not only are the number of exams increasing, but the rate at which students pass has risen as well,” says Murphy. “At a conservative $1,600 per course, our students earned $4.3 million in tuition. These opportunities better prepare our students for college courses and allow them to earn dual credit.”

AP Scholar status has increased at Lincoln-Way as well. AP Scholars fall into five categories dependent on number of exams taken and average score. The categories are:

• AP Scholars: Students who have passed three or more AP exams
• AP Scholars with Honors: Students who have passed four or more AP exams with a 3.25 average score
• AP Scholars with Distinction; Students who have passed five or more AP exams with a 3.5 average score
• National AP Scholars: Students who have scored a 4 or 5 on eight AP exams
• AP International Diploma: Students who have scored a 3 or higher in three or more subject areas

From 2016 to 2018, Lincoln-Way’s total number of total AP Scholars grew from 476 to 691. In just two years:

• Lincoln-Way’s number of AP Scholars grew by 37 percent
• Lincoln-Way’s number of AP Scholars with Honors grew from 108 to 145
• Lincoln-Way’s number of AP Scholars with Distinction grew by 56 percent
• Lincoln-Way’s number of National AP Scholars nearly doubled

“The fact that we have 39 National AP Scholars is outstanding,” says Murphy. “In addition to these impressive numbers is student Liam Hall, who earned an AP International Diploma after passing 12 AP exams in five different content areas. Essentially, he’ll begin his freshman year of college with more than a year’s worth of credits.”