Advanced Placement science exams increase by 41 percent
Friday, July 29, 2016

In the 2015-2016 school year, District 210 Board of Education Goal 1.3D challenged teachers to Increase the enrollment and success rate of high-achieving students in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Last week, Lincoln-Way released the results of the 2016 AP testing.

Of the 3400 AP exams taken by District 210 students in 2016, 250 were in the sciences. Lincoln-Way offered exams in the following AP science courses:

AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Physics - Elec/Magnetics
AP Physics - Mechanics
AP Environment

From 2015-2016, AP science exams increased greatly among Lincoln-Way students. In 2015, 177 exams were taken; in 2016, that number jumped to 250. The vast growth of AP Science at Lincoln-Way is a reflection of our entire science department; science teachers spark and cultivate our students' interest and success in science from freshman to junior year, and in turn, students enroll in one or more AP science course, says AP Chemistry teacher, April Richter.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Tim Reilly commented that although the total number of exams increased in each content area, student scores remained above average. The Board goal was to increase AP participation without seeing scores drop, he says. This was a success across all six of our AP departments.

Any test-taker who earns a score of 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam is guaranteed college credit at Illinois public universities, providing students with a head start, and saving families thousands of dollars in tuition money. In the science content area alone, 191 scores provided Lincoln-Way students with college creditan estimated tuition savings of over $300,000.

Richter says, Taking an AP Science course is a game-changer for our students interested in the engineering and medical fields. These areas are very competitive, and taking an AP science course at Lincoln-Way allows students to build a strong foundation and compete well in college.