For more than 10 years, VHS students have experienced a steady trend of surpassing the national averages for AP® exams
Boston – Dec. 10, 2018 – This year, more than 2.8 million students took at least one of the College Board’s Advanced Placement® (AP®) exams, hoping to get a score of three (the passing score) or more. Students from The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) have continued their more-than-a-decade-long streak of surpassing national AP® pass rate averages.
The AP® Computer Science Principles course, which encourages students to think creatively and use technology to explore real-world questions in subjects that interest them, produced one of the most striking results. The VHS average student pass rate for that exam was 96 percent while the national average was 74.5 percent, a difference of 21.5 percentage points.
An even greater difference between VHS student scores and the national average was found in AP® Human Geography. VHS students had an average pass rate of 78 percent on the exam, which was 24 percentage points higher than the national average of 54 percent. But the greatest difference occurred in the exam for AP® English Literature and Composition. Almost three-quarters (72 percent) of VHS students taking that exam passed while the national pass rate average was less than half (47 percent), a difference of 25 percentage points.
“These results, as well as those from the past 10-plus years, indicate that the VHS’ approach to online instruction is effective, especially for courses with a reputation for rigor, like AP® courses,” said Carol Ribeiro, President & CEO of VHS. “We are pleased with our success rates and are thrilled to give students more choices in their learning. Because we offer one of the largest online catalogs of College Board-authorized AP® courses anywhere, students are likely to find an AP® option that suits their needs and interests.”
VHS AP® course choices range from popular subjects such as Biology, Psychology, and English Literature and Composition to less conventional options including Music Theory, Art History, Computer Science Principles, Human Geography, and more. “Schools trust VHS to provide their students with course options that help prepare their students for College Board exams,” said Ribeiro.
About The Virtual High School
The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) is a Massachusetts-based, national online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the organization has set the standard for quality online education in the United States and around the world. VHS prepares students for college, careers, and life through supportive, instructor-led online and blended classroom experiences. The nonprofit organization provides student courses taught in global online classrooms, as well as online professional development for educators. Custom course development and offerings can be tailored to meet each school’s unique needs. The Virtual High School is accredited by both Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), and AdvancED. Courses are approved for initial eligibility by NCAA. For more information, visit www.vhslearning.org or call (978) 897-1900.
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