Widefield High School, Mesa Ridge High School, and Fountain-Fort Carson High School represent just more than 1 percent of the schools in Colorado giving AP exams, yet they accounted for 19 percent of the growth in passing scores statewide, said Dr. Helayne Jones, president and CEO of the Colorado Legacy Foundation.
Colorado ranks ninth in the nation for the percentage of students in the class of 2012 who scored a three or higher on AP exams. And the state ranked sixth for improving the percentage of graduates scoring a three or higher on an AP exam in the last decade by 10.5 percent. Nearly 60 percent of Colorado 2012 graduates that took AP exams received a score that allowed them to get college credit at some universities.
The number of students with that achievement increased from 10,692 in 2011 to 11,442 graduates in 2012.