The 2016 Iowa Advanced Placement (AP) Index has been released, and Washington High School is Iowa's top-ranked high school for the 8th consecutive year. Kennedy is 3rd on the list, and Jefferson is 29th.
Each year since 2005, the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center has released the Iowa AP Index to recognize the "Top 50" Iowa accredited public and nonpublic high schools for providing Advanced Placement opportunities to Iowa's high school students. The Iowa AP Index is intended to encourage high schools to continue their efforts at offering AP courses and to applaud students for stepping up to the academic challenge.
"Our school is laser-focused on preparing all students for post-secondary education including two and four-year colleges, trade schools, and apprentice programs,” said Dr. Ralph Plagman, Washington High School Principal. “AP courses are the gold-standard of college preparation in American high schools."
“We are honored to once again rank well on the Belin Blank list,” noted Jason Kline, Kennedy High School Principal. “This year Kennedy students took the second largest number of AP tests in school history, which speaks volumes about the academic challenge our students are willing to engage in.”
Advanced Placement courses are college classes taken in high school. At the conclusion of the courses, students take national AP exams that are scored by panels of college professors and successful high school AP teachers.
The 2016 Iowa AP Index is based on May 2015 AP exams and May 2015 graduation data. The AP Index for a given high school is the ratio of AP exams taken by its students divided by its graduating seniors.
More information about the AP Index can be found here.