College Preparation

Access to and Performance on Advance Placement (AP) Tests:

Note: Data for 2010 taken from the College Board’s “AP Report to the Nation, 2011.”A “3” is considered a “passing” grade.

Percent of the class of 2010 who took an AP exam during high school:

  • New Jersey: 25.6%
  • 24th in the country
  • national average: 28.3%

Percent of seniors scoring a 3 or better on an AP test during high school:

  • New Jersey: 18.6%
  • 13th in the country
  • national average: 16.9%

Percent of the class of 2010 who took an AP math exam during high school:

  • New Jersey: 10%
  • national average: 10%

Percent of seniors scoring a 3 or better on an AP math exam during high school:

  • New Jersey: 7%
  • national average: 6%

Percent of the class of 2010 who took an AP science exam during high school:

  • New Jersey: 11%
  • national average: 10%

Percent of seniors scoring a 3 or better on an AP science exam during high school:

  • New Jersey: 7%
  • National average: 5%

Performance on ACT College Admissions Test:

Note: Data taken from ACT’s “The Condition of College and Career Readiness: Class of 2011.”ACT has College Readiness Benchmarks (CRB) for the major subject areas.

Percentage of students meeting CRB in English:

  • New Jersey: 81%
    • white: 86%
    • black: 45%
    • Hispanic: 67%
  • national average: 66%

Percentage of students meeting CRB in math:

  • New Jersey: 66%
    • white:70%
    • black: 27%
    • Hispanic: 47%
  • national average: 45%

Percentage of students meeting CRB in reading:

  • New Jersey: 67%
    • white:71%
    • black: 30%
    • Hispanic: 52%
  • national average: 52%

Percentage of students meeting CRB in science:

  • New Jersey: 41%
    • white:44%
    • black: 11%
    • Hispanic: 25%
  • national average: 30%

Percentage of students meeting CRB in all four core subjects:

  • New Jersey: 37%
    • white:39%
    • black: 9%
    • Hispanic: 22%
  • national average: 25%

Percentage of 2007 graduates with high ACT and SAT scores (80+ percentile):

  • New Jersey: 19.1%
  • 21st among the states
  • national average: 18.9%%