Sunday, July 9, 2017

Belleville Students Far Outperform National Advanced Placement Scores

The College Board released its Advanced Placement scores for Wisconsin on Thursday, July 6. Belleville High School’s 2017 scores from May were the second highest in school history, with 78.18% of tests taken reaching the qualified (passing) level or above. In 2011, 82.18% of BHS students passed their AP exams with a score of 3 or higher. However, 147 AP exams were taken by Belleville students in 2017, compared to just 52 in 2011. The 147 AP exams taken ties another school mark set in 2016.

The 78.18% passing rate of Bellville students on this year’s Advanced Placement exams outdistanced the national average of 55.36% by over 22 percentage points. Belleville students averaged 3.2237 on their AP exams.  

The College Board reports Advanced Placement scores on a 5-point scale. A “5” is considered extremely well qualified, a “4” is well qualified, a “3” is qualified, and a “2” is possibly qualified.  The College Board gives no recommendation with a score of “1.” According to the College Board website, students scoring a “3” or above have proven themselves capable of completing introductory-level coursework in a specific subject at the college-level. Most colleges and universities award their own credit to students with AP scores of “3,” “4,” or “5.”

Belleville High School offers 10 Advanced Placement courses, including Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Environmental Science, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Physics, Psychology, United States Government & Politics, and United States History.