STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) congratulates Carmel High School and Westfield High School for their substantial growth in the number of students passing Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Of twenty-five schools across Indiana that were awarded for achieving an AP course pass rate of 25 percent or more, Carmel High School and Westfield High School were both recognized – Carmel for its 42 percent pass rate and Westfield for its 34 percent pass rate.
“It is my privilege to congratulate the students, teachers, faculty and administration of Carmel and Westfield High Schools,” said Rep. Torr. “It is obvious that these schools are working hard, and that hard work is being rewarded. I think the biggest accomplishment is continuing to strengthen our educational institutions, equipping students for further education. I have every confidence that these percentages will continue to climb in the years to come.”
Representatives from Carmel and Westfield were honored during the 4th annual Indiana Advanced Placement Access and Success Recognition Reception on Thursday, June 28 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The event was sponsored by the College Board.
AP is a research-backed method to facilitate student participation and success through the delivery of college-level courses and corresponding exams in the high school setting to qualified high school students.
According to the Indiana Department of Education, The percentage of high school graduates passing an AP exam increased from 12.4 percent in 2010 to 14 percent in 2011. In 2009, the pass rate was 10.4 percent. This increase gave Indiana the second highest two-year growth in the nation.
“The students who are passing these AP exams are learning college level material and are able to earn college credits, which allows them to save money on higher education – which is a concern amongst many families,” said Rep. Torr. “The percentage increase in academic growth is a great accomplishment for these schools, and an accomplishment that can only be achieved through the hard work the teachers, administrators, students and parents are all contributing to preparing students for college.”