Advanced Placement mathematics exams increase by 41 percent
Monday, August 1, 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. At the July 21 Board Meeting, Lincoln-Way released the results of the 2016 AP testing.

From 2015-2016, AP mathematics exams increased greatly among Lincoln-Way students. In 2015, 244 exams were taken; in 2016, 345 exams were taken. The scores this year were amazing, and more students took the Advanced Placement exams than ever before. This means that more students saved many thousands of dollars in college costs by earning college credit, says mathematics department chair, Jeffery Keller.

Of the 3410 AP exams taken by District 210 students in 2016, 345 were in mathematics. Lincoln-Way offered exams in the following AP math courses:

AP Calculus A/B
AP Calculus B/C
AP Computer Science
AP Statistics

Although the total number of exams increased in each content area, student scores remained above average. In fact, three of the four exams saw a year over year increase in average score. Most notably, the average score of an AP Calculus B/C exam jumped from a 4.0 to a 4.3, an entire half point higher than the global average, and 0.21 points higher than the state average.

Any test-taker who earns a score of 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam is guaranteed college credit at Illinois public universities; of the 345 mathematics exams, 275 scores provided Lincoln-Way students with college creditan estimated tuition savings of over $440,000. Tim Reilly, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, comments, Nearly 80 percent of students who took a math exam earned college credit, a true testament to the hard work of our department and students.

Keller says, We are very pleased that so many Lincoln-Way students are able to receive college credit for their math classes. We have outstanding students at Lincoln-Way, and their efforts are being rewarded at the college level.