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Midland ISD sees surge in AP Scholars since 2019

Midland ISD sees surge in AP Scholars since 2019

The number of Midland ISD students named College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars has more than doubled since 2019, the school district recently announced.

“This accomplishment is complemented by an increase in average scores earned by students in each award category,” the district said.

In the five years of testing from 2019 to 2023, the total number of AP Scholar awards earned by MISD students surged from 49 to 127, according to the district. Overall participation in AP programs and exams has also increased since 2021, the district said. Of students who took the AP exams this past spring, 32.4 percent received qualifying scores compared to 24 percent in 2019.

In AP exams, students are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 3 or higher considered “qualifying” to count as college credit.

In 2019, 40 MISD students received the AP Scholar award, with an average score of 2.53. This year, 87 students earned the AP Scholar designation with an average score of 2.76.

In 2019, six students were named AP Scholars with Honors with an average score of 3.0. In 2023, 14 students earned this honor with an average score of 3.51.

The pinnacle of achievement, the AP Scholar with Distinction award, was granted to 26 MISD students in 2023, up from the three students awarded in 2019.

“The average score of 4.04 for these exceptional students underscores their dedication and excellence,” the district said.

The district credited a three-year grant from the National Math & Science Initiative for helping to grow its AP metrics.

“This grant facilitated enhanced professional development for teachers, student support and data analysis,” the district said. “The extension of this program further supports the district’s commitment to preparing students for academic success.”