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May 3, 2013

Going for the grade: CHS, Prince of Peace lauded for students taking AP exams

CLINTON — Clinton High School and Prince of Peace have been recognized as two of the top 25 schools in Iowa for the number of students taking Advanced Placement exams.

Prince of Peace Catholic High School came in 23rd with an AP index of .86 while Clinton High School came in 24 with a .83 index. The only other area school to make the top 25 was Bettendorf, which came in at 18 with a .99 index.

The AP index was developed in 2005 by the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center to recognize the top 50 Iowa accredited public and nonpublic high schools for providing AP opportunities for high school students. In 2012, 211 Iowa High Schools offered AP exams.

The index is the ratio of AP exams taken by its students (any grade) divided by the number of its graduating seniors. The 2013 Iowa AP Index is based on May 2012 AP exams and May/June 2012 graduation data.

Iowa's AP Index was .49, meaning that one AP exam was taken for every 2.04 students. The number one school in Iowa was George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, which had a 3.21 index and was the only school with an index above three.

Prince of Peace has been in the top 25 since 2010 and was highlighted this year as having the smallest graduating class to make the list with 22 students.

Prince of Peace Principal Nancy Peart said students who take the AP courses that her school offers — statistics, chemistry and calculus — are told they need to take the exam at the end of the course.

"We think if kids are going to go through all that hard work, they might as well see how they do," Peart said.

In 2012, Prince of Peace had 19 tests, which were taken by 13 students.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program allows students to pursue college-level studies and take college-level exams while in high school. The number of AP exams taken in Iowa has grown substantially since 2001 when 5,995 exams were given. Last year, Iowa schools administered 16,413 exams with 10,443 students taking at least one exam.

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