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College Board results show Arizona makes progress in closing equity gaps

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The College Board today released the 2014 College Board Program Results which included scoring and participation information from the PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, and Advanced Placement Program® (AP) for the 2013-2014 school year.

These combined results provide a more complete picture of Arizona’s public school students compared to national student improvement using student assessments aligned with college- and career-ready standards.

“I am proud of the progress of Arizona’s students,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal. “We will continue striving to help every student succeed academically so that all Arizona students are prepared to compete in their future endeavors, whether in college or a career.”

College Board results show Arizona makes progress in closing equity gaps SATGraphicHPThe report finds that Arizona participation in these assessments is highly diverse:

  • The sophomore PSAT in Arizona had the most balanced ratio of male to female participation nationwide.
  • Arizona’s Hispanic participation rate was the highest nationally at 33.8 percent on the sophomore PSAT.
  • Arizona’s African-American, Hispanic, and Caucasian students’ scores each surpassed their peers on all three sections of the national 2014 SAT.
  • The number of AP testers grew at a faster rate in every ethnic group in Arizona than they did across the country.
  • Measured against 6.6 percent in 2004, 18.4 percent of Arizona public school AP participants in grades 11 and 12 scoring a 3 or higher were from low income households.

Statewide PSAT participation increased 37.3 percent among sophomore students.  Arizona students who took the PSAT at least one time scored higher on the SAT than their peers without prior PSAT experience.

Arizona remains committed to helping all students, particularly those who are struggling academically, improve their performance as they work toward college and career readiness.


This precollege assessment is a tool for educators, students, and parents to see student progress toward college readiness.

This assessment helps identify students who may need additional instruction in certain areas or need additional access to challenging course work. Additionally, students who take the PSAT may qualify for the National Merit Scholarships offered to those who score well on the test.  

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Program  is one avenue by which a student may have access to more challenging course work. The AP program allows students to take college-level courses while still in high school.

If a student succeeds on an AP Exam it may lower the cost and time spent in college through placement and credit-granting policies. Succeeding in AP is defined as achieving a score of 3 or higher on the five-point AP Exam scale, which is the score needed for credit, advanced placement or both at the majority of colleges and universities.


The SAT is used in the admission process for four-year colleges and universities. The SAT score in combination with a student’s high school GPA is the best predictor of a student’s potential to succeed in college, according to the College Board.

About the College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. For further information, visit

For more information about Arizona’s statistics, please contact Peter Laing at the Arizona Department of Education at 602-364-3842 or