State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that more students in California are demonstrating their readiness for college by taking Advanced Placement® (AP) and Scholastic Aptitude Test® (SAT) ®exams.
According to figures released today, the number of California high school students taking college-level AP tests went from about 300,000 to nearly 370,000 from 2013 to 2017.
Participation in AP tests increased among nearly all segments of California’s diverse student body during that period. The number of Latino students taking the tests went up 6.5 percent, and African Americans went up about 3 percent.
The number of graduates who scored at least a 3 out of 5 on an AP exam during high school—a result that may qualify for college credits—increased from 185,000 to 226,000 from 2013 to 2017. Some demographic group results also increased. The number of Latino students reaching a 3 or above grew from 54,000 to 82,500.
In California, 52 percent of Class of 2017 high school graduates took the SAT, higher than the national average of 46 percent.
“Congratulations to all these students for their dedication and commitment to completing these challenging courses and then taking tests that demonstrate their knowledge. These students are ready, willing, and able to succeed in higher education,” Torlakson said. “I also congratulate the teachers, parents, administrators, and families for supporting their students’ dreams.”
Participation rates and test results also increased for the SAT and Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), which is an indicator of college readiness. For example, the number of eleventh grade students taking the PSAT went from 156,000 to 220,000 from 2013 to 2017.
Success in AP courses is one measure of the College/Career Indicator included in the California School Dashboard.
California has a variety of initiatives underway to help prepare more students for college, including a one-time $200 million College Readiness Block Grant (CRBG) program administered by the California Department of Education (CDE).
The funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including paying for AP and International Baccalaureate examination fees, developing or purchasing materials that support college readiness, including college entrance exam preparation, and for counseling services.
Improving access to college has been a top priority for Torlakson. “Our society and our economy thrives when everyone has an opportunity to reach their full potential,” he said. “That’s why I am so pleased that more students are challenging themselves by taking more difficult courses and getting ready to attend college.”
SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Thursday that the California Department of Education (CDE) will distribute 500,000 face masks donated by General Motors (GM) to schools in need across the state.
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced a major injection of new Homekey funding made possible by the Legislature to expand and support the state program, helping thousands of families experiencing or at risk of homelessness find permanent, long-term housing solutions.
City of Santa Clarita officials delivered the 2020 State of the City event Thursday in true COVID-19-era format: virtually, while shining a light on local essential workers who have toiled tirelessly since the onset of the pandemic.
A new state law set to take effect in January requires employers to provide notice of workplace COVID-19 exposure, and Santa Clarita Valley business leaders are urging local businesses to review their health and safety procedures now.
California State University, Northridge will be home to one of the 1,000 vote centers across Los Angeles County that are open to the county’s voters in the days before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector Keith Knox and County Assessor Jeffrey Prang are alerting the public to a property tax scam under the guise of COVID-19 that has been reported to a District Office of the Assessor.
Los Angeles County is providing a second opportunity for financial assistance to businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and have been allowed to reopen by the State, but ordered to remain closed by the County of Los Angeles Health Officer Order as of Sept. 4, 2020.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday 18 new deaths and 3,600 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, including 6,944 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley and a new fatality in the city of Santa Clarita.
With L.A. County’s Project Roomkey coming close to an end, Bridge to Home officials announced Thursday a new initiative to house more than two dozen local homeless individuals, but it will require help from the community
Santa Clarita Artists Association will hold its last virtual oil workshop of the year on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., with Rich Gallego, entitled, "Using a Modified Zorn Palette to Create Harmonious Landscapes."
The Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center will host a virtual open house event on Friday, Oct. 30 for prospective students interested in earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree through the center’s partner institutions.