Manchester students outpace national, global average on AP exams

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MANCHESTER, NH — Manchester School District high school students scored well above the national and global averages on last spring’s Advanced Placement exams and narrowly outpaced the mean score of their state peers. The Manchester School District mean score on all AP exams was 3.38 (out of 5), while the New Hampshire mean was 3.23. The national and global averages were 2.82 and 2.84 respectively.

“We are immensely proud of our students and their continued level of excellence on rigorous exams such as those in the Advanced Placement program,” said Dr. Debra Livingston, superintendent of the Manchester School District. “It is clear our teachers did an outstanding job in preparing them.”

Overall, 202 students from the school district participated in the exams, which represents 6 percent of the high school student body. 78.4 percent of those students earned a 3, 4 or 5 on their respective subject exams triggering college credit and a mark of proficiency. Many colleges and universities accept those scores as transfer credit which helps defray the cost of college tuition.

At Central High School, where there has been a 30 percent increase in students participating in AP over the last year, the mean score for English Literature was 3.58, with New Hampshire and global scores coming in at 3.24 and 2.78 respectively. In World History, Central students averaged 3.98, while New Hampshire logged an average of 3.06 and students averaged 2.61 globally. 15 percent of the state’s students enrolled in World History are from Central.

Memorial and West high schools also saw increases in their AP enrollment by 19 percent and 11 percent respectively. West had a mean score of 4.5 in U.S. History – a solid 1.4 points higher than the state average and almost two full points higher than the global average. Memorial students joined Central’s and outpaced their peers in World History with an average of 3.67.

“The students and teachers of the Manchester School District give us reasons to celebrate every day,” said Dr. Livingston. “We will continue to help our students realize their aspirations, and this recent news indicates we are also well on our way.”

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