Spokane High-Schoolers Excel In Placement Exams
Spokane high school students scored above the state, regional and worldwide averages in Advanced Placement exams this year.
The tests give students a chance to earn early college credit, depending on how well they do.
Spokane’s average grade was 3.4, compared with state and global averages of 3.03 and a regional average of 3.07, said Joe Kinney, testing coordinator for Spokane School District 81.
The exams, scored on a scale of 1 to 5, are given each May. Students choose among 29 exams in 16 disciplines.
Spokane students earned their highest scores in English language/composition, with a 3.7 average. Other average scores include: European history, 3.57; English literature/composition, 3.53; biology, 3.38; U.S. history, 3.3; and calculus, 3.15.
Some students who took the tests prepared for them by taking Advanced Placement courses in Spokane high schools, Kinney said.