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McCallie students shine in 2016 Advanced Placement test results

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on August 23, 2016

McCallie once again excelled in Advanced Placement exams, with results significantly stronger than state and national norms and with scores unmatched in the region. A relatively few schools around the country are likely to have scores that match or exceed these.

20160823 AP scholars infographic.jpgAP exams are rigorous, national subject-area tests that measure high levels of achievement and preparation. Scores range from 1-5, with 4's and 5's being very difficult to attain.

"While earning 4's and 5's are rare at most schools, they are common at McCallie," Headmaster Lee Burns said. "It's quite extraordinary that a school would have 180 maximum scores of 5 and that 69% of all scores would be 4's or 5's. Also unusual at McCallie is the fact that we have so many boys taking AP exams rather than just a relatively few."

McCallie students took 463 AP exams in 19 different subjects, earning 180 maximum scores of 5 in those tests. The 39 percent rate of top scores for McCallie is a 10 percentage point increase over last  year.

Ninety-nine McCallie students earned distinction as AP Scholars at various levels for high performance on multiple AP exams:

  • Eighteen boys (up from 10 in 2015) were named National AP Scholars for earning scores of 4 or higher on eight or more AP exams and having an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams.
  • Those 18 National Scholars were joined by another 45 McCallie students for a total of 63 students named as AP Scholars with Distinction for having scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams and averaging at least 3.5 on all exams.
  • Nine students were named AP Scholars with Honor for scoring 3 or higher on four or more AP exams and averaging 3.25 on all exams.
  • And 27 McCallie students were named AP Scholars for earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

Ninety percent (419) of the AP exams taken by McCallie students received a 3 or higher, with 69 percent earning a score of 4 or higher.

"Once again, faculty have prepared the students well as demonstrated by superb scores,” Dean of Academics Sumner McCallie said. “It is always gratifying to see their hard work engaging students with the rigor of the AP course pay off so well."

"We are proud of our student's success, but that is defined not just by top scores, but by the large number of students willing to challenge themselves with an AP course and the determination they show in mastering such volume of information as well as developing the skills of deep reading, articulate writing and cogent analysis required."

In individual testing numbers, AP English Lit was the most popular AP test at McCallie in 2016, with 53 students taking the AP Exam. Chemistry and Economics-Macro were close behind, each with 48 students taking the AP Exam.

McCallie’s top subject in AP testing was a 4.52 average score on the AP Physics-Mechanics exam, almost a full point better than the Tennessee average of 3.47 in 2015. McCallie students averaged a score of 4 or better on 10 AP exams in 2016, up from seven in 2015. After Physics-Mechanics, those subjects were:

  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism — average score of 4.52
  • Spanish — average score of 4.50
  • Latin — average score of 4.43
  • Economics-Macro — average score of 4.35
  • Economics-Micro — average score of 4.20
  • Computer Science — average score of 4.17
  • Calculus BC — average score of 4.13
  • U.S. History — average score of 4.02
  • Studio Art 2-D Design — average score of 4.00

Topics: academics, national achievement, advanced placement

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