CPS Students Set New Records on AP Exams with More Students than Ever Participating

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Chicago Receives National Recognition for Participation Rate & Success of African-American and Latino Students on AP Exams.

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced that more than 20,700 students took at least one Advanced Placement (AP) exam last year, an increase of more than 4 percent from the previous year. Since 2011, CPS student participation in AP college-level coursework has increased by 31 percent, while the number of students earning a passing score—at least a 3 or higher—on at least one AP exam has increased over 61 percent. The pass rate for the exam has increased among all ethnic groups, including among African-American and Latino students.

CPS is among just 14 school districts in the country and is the only district of its size to be lauded on the College Board Honor Roll for:

  • 30 percent or greater enrollment in AP classes of American Indians, African-Americans and Latino students;
  • 30 percent or greater enrollment of low-income students; and
  • Achieving this distinction for multiple years.

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