Indiana students are better prepared for college

INDIANAPOLIS – In partnership with the College Board and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE), the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced recently another year of increases in the number of Advanced Placement (AP) exams offered, as well as the number of students taking and passing AP exams.

“Preparing students for future workforce success has always been a priority for Indiana’s education K-12 system,” said Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jennifer McCormick. “With the increase in the number of schools offering AP exams, and the number of students making AP courses their class of choice, Indiana is once again paving a way for students who are better prepared for the rigors of post-secondary experiences. I congratulate and thank the teachers and administrators whose work has made this possible.”

AP is a research-based method to facilitate student participation and success through delivery of college-level courses and corresponding exams in the high school setting, to qualified high school students. Research suggests students who perform well in AP courses are predicted to not only outperform their peers, but have greater college success.

For the 2016-2017 school year, Indiana reported the following increases:

• For the 2017 graduating class, 24,671 Indiana public school students took an AP exam, compared to 24,141 in the class of 2016.

• Since 2007, the percentage of graduates taking an AP exam during high school increased from 18.9 percent to 38.9 percent.

• In the past 10 years, the number of Indiana public school students scoring 3 or better on at least one AP exam has increased from 5,786 to 12,546.

“In increasing numbers, Hoosier students are graduating high school with college credit,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education, Teresa Lubbers, “and we know students who take rigorous high school courses are more likely to go to college and graduate.”

For more information regarding IDOE efforts to expand AP in Indiana schools, and AP related data, visit:


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Perhaps better academically but certainly, with the high costs of education, not better prepared monetarily. The brightest and the best often cannot afford to go to collage while the poorer, single family, or family with no prior collage graduates in it (ie 21st Century Scholarships) can find money available to them much easier than many hard working middle-class persons.


Better. my reply was not meant for you, but to Just Facts. I did not mean ECS but Elkhart Central only. You can cite all the stats you want from the DOE, I don't care. Any student that works hard at any of these schools can accomplish amazing things. The opportunity is there but most kids need help and encouragement from home which is sorely lacking.


Okay, sounds good on the surface. If the students are this prepared, how about a little kickback to the parents and award a BS in three years that can be handled by these high achievers ?

Just Facts

"The number of AP exams offered, taken, and passed Increases again" Yes just not in Methico County aka Elkhart County. It's all taking place down in Hamilton County....Fishers....Carmel....Westfield....ect.....that's where the smart kids are and where families are now moving to for their careers and kids futures. My subdivision has had 8 families out of 150 homes move down there. Elkhart County is a destination for nothing.


JustFacts, how about some real facts. While Central,and Memorial have seen dramatic decreases in the percentage of students talking AP tests over the last 6 years and Concord is also marginally down, the other schools have seen rather dramatic increases, most notably Northwood, which has seen a nearly 100% increase of over the same time period. Your "facts" seem to be more than just a little FALSE.

It is true though that ECS saw over 1400 students transfer out of the district this year.

Just Facts

Says the objector to everyone's comments! Northwood and Fairfield are the only two that may have went up. Even Northridge has slid to the likes of ECS's HS's.

Why?... because smart kids who take AP courses don't get that credited towards their overall GPA even if a High Honor roll's counted the same as the clown kid who takes core subjects...choir...and ceramics....

GPA's are weighted the same regardless of what any student does so does class ranking. It's too much work for the less than describable teachers in the county to weight grades fact many don't know how. Those are the same teachers that come from less than desirable academic institutions around the area. Like Bethal...Goshen College....Trinity....and other clown colleges. Many didn't even take elementary or secondary education studies while in college. You can major in ceramics at a clown college and teach HS math and science in Indiana without testing for that subject on the Indiana teachers exam. At least the teachers down in Hamilton County come from more desirable Universities and Colleges with at least an education degree. Universities like Butler University...Vanderbilt....Cincinnati....Ohio State....Louisville....Xavier....Depaul....the Univerisity of Chicago...ect....ect...not Ball State...Bethal....Ivy Tech... IUPUI...IUSB....or LMNOP University LOL! Bottom line...better students...families teachers jobs and schools in Hamilton County...where they don't dumb down as to not to hurt the slow and special kids feelings.

The smart families in Methico County that want better for their kids and that have skill sets outside of an assembly line are moving out. And with them they take a higher earning base...and spending power with them.


Where do you get your Facts? Two years ago Elkhart Central graduates had more college credits than all other county schools combined. My grand daughter had 36 and was not close to the top credit earners.


Sidearm, first off I didn't say anything about the number of hours earned, but I did cite AP tests taken, and I didn't use actual number or actualy credit hours, but instead the percentage of students who actually took an AP test. Second, there has not been a case where the ECS has had a larger number of actual students than all of the other schools combined. finally each college has it's own guidelines concerning credit given for AP classes. While some colleges may actually give credit, others may allow you to take a higher level of classes then ordinary incoming students. For instance, you may be able to take Trig or Calculus for your math credit as opposed to Algebra. In fact the ONLY classes that may be taken in high school that is guaranteed to earn you college credit are classes offered by Indiana University classified as ACP classes and the ONLY school in the county where you can get those is at Goshen High School. As for where I got my data I got it directly from the IDOE web site.

Louise Baker

My daughter was #2 in that ECHS class and she applied herself, had little social life.

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