|Recently-released 2013 data (see Globe report) show that the passing rate of those who took AP tests from the city’s public schools surpassed handily that of the Boston-based charter schools. Public schools students in Boston took 4,674 AP exams in the BPS last year, with 51% earning a passing score of three or better. The MATCH school, by comparison, had a passing rate of 21%.
This is not to say that judging a school or a school system by either the number of AP test-takers or the pass rate is a legitimate mechanism by which to judge schools. Many feel that the AP is over-hyped and not necessarily indicative of school performance. (See Diane Ravitch’s blogas one example.) On the other hand, many schools seek bragging rights using their scores as a supposed indication of their success.
“Match students passed their AP exams (with a score of three or higher) at a rate higher than any year since 2007.” From MATCH’s current annual report.
Here’s how all Boston districts as reported measure up:
*Boston Green is essentially a new school, founded in 2011, and the data ought to be viewed in that light.