The scores for 2015 Advanced Placement exams show 283 Sherman students earned qualifying scores for college credit. Students were most successful on the English language and composition test with 62 qualifying scores.

The scores for 2015 Advanced Placement exams show 283 Sherman students earned qualifying scores for college credit. Students were most successful on the English language and composition test with 62 qualifying scores.


According to College Board, AP classes are standardized high school courses that are considered to have the same rigorous level of undergraduate college courses. After completing an AP class, students typically take the AP exam and their scores are sent to colleges and universities to determine if they will receive credit or be allowed to skip an equivalent course.


"We have 60 AP Scholars and we’re really happy with that," Sherman High School Principal Peggy Van Marter said. "We wouldn’t get this kind of success without hard work from both the students and the teachers."


AP exams receive a score of one to five. A score of three, four or five is a qualifying score. In Sherman ISD, 174 students received a score of three; 77 students received a score of four and 32 students received a score of five.


The majority of qualifying scores were earned in English language (62), U.S. history (42) and English literature (33). Both English and U.S. history have teachers who have taught the course for several years, Van Marter said. With years of experience, she said the teachers become more proficient in their subject.


The teachers are also responsible for reviewing the results of each exam and improving areas in their curriculum, Van Marter said. At the beginning of the school year, the AP teachers will get an instructional planning report so they can identify areas where the students struggled and adjust their instruction to help students tackle the challenging concept next year.


As for the students, Van Marter said all 202 students make the effort to prepare for their AP exams. Some students make time to take practice AP tests on Saturdays while others meet with their teachers after school for extra help. Several students had to prepare for more than one test, she said.


"It just goes on and on when it comes to some of the things the kids and the teachers are doing that are way above and beyond," Van Marter said.


Sherman High School valedictorian Ryan Park was the only student to receive College Board’s National AP Scholar Award for earning an average of at least four on all his AP exams and scoring four or higher on eight or more AP exams. Park took a total of 13 exams, scoring a five on seven of his exams.