“Obviously this is terrific news,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove. “But it’s also important to remember that Utah’s increasing AP success rate is only part of what our schools are doing to prepare students for college and careers. Utah had more than 1,100 students involved in the International Baccalaureate program, passing more than 1,400 IB exams that can earn college credit. Even more popular is the concurrent enrollment program where more than 27,000 Utah high school students earned nearly 190,000 college credit hours.”
The College Board noted 20,638 Utah public school students took 33,217 AP exams during the 2012-13 school year with 22,398 of those exams earning a score of 3, 4, or 5, which can translate into college credits. That represents an 8.4 percent increase in the number of Utah students taking AP exams over the prior year.
The Utah State Office of Education notes that in that same time period, 1,132 Utah students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program passed 1,406 IB exams, which can also translate into college credit. This represents a 1 percent increase in students taking IB exams. The office also noted 27,444 Utah students earned 189,417 college credits through the state’s concurrent enrollment program in which students take college-level courses while in high school. This represents a 2 percent increase in concurrent enrollment. All three programs offer substantial cost savings to students and their parents over enrolling and passing college courses.