Total Registration has compiled the following scores from Tweets that the College Board's head of AP, Trevor Packer, has been making during June. These are preliminary breakdowns that may change slightly as late exams are scored.
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|AP Score Distributions||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011|
This table is sortable by clicking on the header
|Exam||5||4||3||2||1||Date Tweeted||Trevor's Comments|
|Spanish Language*||22.2%||25.8%||21.3%||16.1%||14.6%||June 24|
|German Language||23.2%||19.9%||23.7%||19.8%||13.4%||June 24||Slightly weaker student performance on AP German|
|French Language*||12.4%||15.8%||29.1%||20.9%||21.8%||June 24||
Stronger student performance on AP French Exam this year.
Advice from AP French Chief Reader: work on presentational speaking, since it will be even more important in the redesigned exam next year.
|Studio Art - Drawing Portfolios||12.7%||17.5%||41.7%||23.0%||5.1%||June 23||AP Studio Art performance this year: slightly stronger in 2D, slightly weaker in 3D and Drawing.|
|Studio Art - 3D Portfolios||9.5%||17.8%||33.5%||32.1%||7.1%||June 23||AP Studio Art performance this year: slightly stronger in 2D, slightly weaker in 3D and Drawing.|
|Studio Art - 2D Portfolios||12.0%||25.7%||34.6%||23.7%||4.0%||June 23||AP Studio Art performance this year: slightly stronger in 2D, slightly weaker in 3D and Drawing.|
|Japanese Language and Culture*||43.3%||11.7%||21.6%||7.3%||16.1%||June 22|
|Chinese Language and Culture*||73.2%||13.5%||8.8%||2.1%||2.4%||June 22||Standard Group (non-heritage speakers) score distributions for AP Chinese: 33.3% = 5; 20.0% = 4; 25.7% = 3; 8.5% = 2; 12.5% = 1.|
|Statistics||12.1%||21.3%||25.1%||17.7%||23.8%||June 22||Slightly lower student performance on AP Statistics|
|Music Theory||17.4%||17.5%||24.3%||26.9%||13.9%||June 21||AP Music Theory students performed best on melodic harmonization, and weakest on sight-singing. (Can you imagine scoring that section?)|
|Chemistry||16.2%||18.5%||19.6%||14.8%||30.9%||June 21||Fewer 1s, fewer 5s, more 2s .Many AP Chemistry students performed best on Q4 (Reactions/Equations) and least well on Q3 (Hydrogen Fuel Cell).|
|English Literature & Composition||8.4%||17.8%||30.9%||32.1%||10.8%||June 21||Scores were lowest on the poetry essay, suggesting a need for more focus on how literary devices are used to convey meaning.|
|English Language & Composition||11.1%||20.0%||30.1%||27.5%||11.3%||June 21||AP English teachers are preserving quality while expanding access: student performance this year is very similar to last year.|
|Government & Politics, Comparative||17.3%||21.7%||20.3%||21.6%||19.1%||June 21||AP Comp Gov/Pol students struggled with basic, core concepts like UK judicial systems and Nigerian federalism in the free-response section.|
|Psychology||20.2%||26.3%||19.8%||12.9%||20.8%||June 20||Many AP Psychology students struggled with concepts of statistical significance & random assignment in question 1, so the AP Psychology Chief Reader advises more emphasis on research design & statistics.|
Significant improvements in student learning in AP Biology this year--more 4s, fewer 1s.
AP Biology students did well on question 3 re: reproduction. Trying not to assume this is due to student fascination with the topic...
|Environmental Science||8.7%||24.8%||15.6%||25.0%||25.9%||June 20||Many AP Env Science students performed very well on the "arable land" question (#4), but poorly on the "energy use & GDP" question (#3).|
|Calculus BC||47.0%||16.3%||17.2%||5.9%||13.6%||June 20||AP Calculus AB performance is very similar to last year; BC performance is slightly worse. I'll post the score distributions momentarily.|
|Calculus AB||21.0%||16.3%||18.5%||10.8%||33.4%||June 20||More than 1/2 the Calc AB students got 0 points on question 5, indicating a need for attn to differential equations w/in contextual problems|
|Microeconomics||14.6%||25.9%||21.6%||16.0%||21.9%||June 17||AP Microeconomics students really struggled with free-response question 3 on negative externality. Half the students earned zero pts on it.|
|Computer Science||24.8%||25.0%||14.2%||8.0%||28.0%||June 17||
Areas where AP Computer Science students struggle: confusion between arrays and ArrayLists; working with 2D arrays; string processing.
AP Comp Sci question 4 is proving a real challenge for students, w/Readers saying it's generating good evidence of critical thinking skills.
|World History||9.4%||16.0%||23.1%||25.7%||25.8||June 17||All three AP history programs have maintained score levels of last year--impressive given the increased access teachers are providing.|
|European History||10.7%||18.8%||35.5%||11.5%||23.5 %||June 17||All three AP history programs have maintained score levels of last year--impressive given the increased access teachers are providing.|
|US History||11.0%||20.8%||21.0%||26.7%||20.5%||June 17||All three AP history programs have maintained score levels of last year--impressive given the increased access teachers are providing.|
|Physics C, Electricity & Magnetism||32.0%||24.5%||14.0%||17.7%||11.8%||June 16||Physics C scores are similar to student performance in 2010.|
|Physics C, Mechanics||26.5%||24.2%||22.3%||14.2%||12.9%||June 16||Physics C scores are similar to student performance in 2010.|
|Physics B||15.0%||19.1%||26.3%||17.7%||21.9%||June 16||Solid improvement this year in AP Physics B scores|
|Spanish Literature||11.6%||20.7%||29.0%||16.0%||22.7%||June 16||US Gov&Pol and Spanish Lit teachers have preserved scores very similar to last year, despite now serving approx. 20,000 more students.|
|Government & Politics, US||12.6%||14.0%||25.1%||24.3%||24.0%||June 16||US Gov&Pol and Spanish Lit teachers have preserved scores very similar to last year, despite now serving approx. 20,000 more students.|
|Human Geography||11.7%||18.1%||21.3%||17.5%||31.4%||June 16||
Congrats to AP Human Geo teachers: significant improvements in scores over last year, despite students' struggles w/essay question #1.
While AP Human Geo students performed well on essays 2&3, they did less well on essay 1 (urban geography); perhaps teachers ran out of time?
|Art History||12.2%||21.8%||26.5%||19%||20.5%||June 16||This year's AP Art History students performed very similarly to last year's group.|
* (for standard group, i.e. non-heritage)