A new report on the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) high school’s AP test results shows significant growth in scores of 3 or higher across grades 10 thru 12 from 2013 to 2015.
For three consecutive years Dominguez’s graduating classes increased the number of students with high AP scores during their high school tenure from 4.9 percent in 2013 and 5.8 percent in 2014 to 7.2 percent in 2015.
Seniors with high scores went from 2.7 percent in 2013 to 3.4 percent in 2015. Juniors with scores of 3 or higher jumped from 3.6 percent in 2013, 4.4 percent in 2014, and 7.2 this year. While the number of sophomores with high AP scores stayed within the range of 0.3 and 0.5 percent from 2013 to 2015.
Principal Vanessa Landesfeind, Ed.D. said AP courses challenge students through college-level academics that encourage critical thinking and analysis; skills that prepare them for four-year universities, career tech, and ultimately, the workforce.
“What these scores don’t show is that we also increased the number of students enrolled in AP and the number of tests administered. We plan to expand further next year because there is research that shows whether students pass the exam or not, one AP experience, can increase their chances of success in college,” she noted.
“Our biggest increase came in Spanish Language and Spanish Literature. We doubled the numbers of test takers in both subjects and doubled our passing scores. I think this is fantastic because it validates that being bilingual is an asset and worthy of college credit.”
CUSD Board of Trustees President Micah Ali said Dominguez High’s latest achievement is further evidence of the District’s academic turnaround.
“Compton Unified continues to move forward and make great strides. We firmly believe the academic rigor offered through high school AP courses supports greater learning opportunities and molds our students into college and career ready individuals who can succeed,” he said. “Dominguez High is leading the charge.”