Long Beach Unified School District students registered for 14,961 Advanced Placement college level exams this semester, an all-time high and a 6.1 percent increase over the prior year. The number of AP exams this year is nearly double the 7,633 taken five years ago.
The significant increase comes after concerted efforts to boost access to AP courses and tests. The school district provides students greater access to AP exams by covering the cost for families. AP exams usually cost $92 each, but students here are paying only $5 per exam for an unlimited number of exams.
Funding to cover exam costs is made possible through the Local Control and Accountability Plan, which allocates $1.85 million toward this effort.
Additional funds have gone toward 17 more Advanced Placement teachers as part of an expansion of course sections on subjects such as AP Computer Science, AP Calculus, AP Seminar and AP Research. Eight AP coordinators and five pathway coordinators have been added to help guide students toward college and career readiness.