Lincoln students score second best in state on AP exams

Lincoln students score second best in state on AP exams

LINCOLN – Lincoln High School is second in the state for Advanced Placement scores, surpassed only by Barrington High School.

Sharing the results at Monday’s School Committee meeting, Assistant Supt. Kevin McNamara, pictured, said Lincoln has made good progress compared to the state in terms of passing rates and participation in AP courses.

To pass an AP exam, students must earn a three or more out of five. Last year, Lincoln was the top district in the state for its AP exam passing rate, with Barrington. This year, the two districts swapped places.

Out of 242 AP tests taken, Lincoln had a pass rate of 86.4 last year.

“That’s a wonderful accomplishment for the kids at Lincoln High and the teachers who worked so hard to prepare them for the exams,” McNamara said. “I don’t think we need to worry about our rigor.”

Placing second statewide this year and first last year, he said, “is a good indication of the health of our program.”

Twenty percent of LHS 9th graders were involved in AP coursework, compared to only 8 percent statewide. Further, 47 percent of Lincoln juniors participated, compared to 17 percent statewide; and 61 percent of seniors, compared to 22 percent statewide.

“The Rhode Island Department of Education has devoted a lot of resources, time and energy into expanding AP statewide,” he said, noting that the state in general moved from lower enrollment in AP courses to higher enrollment over time. “The School Committee has also been tremendously supportive of the AP program at LHS.”

School Committee member Mary Anne Roll asked for a further breakdown of the results to ensure that Lincoln’s AP courses include students of color. “It’s important to keep in mind as we move forward to ensure all students have access to these programs,” she said.

Outside of the realm of AP, McNamara said he’s proud that 25 percent of LHS students are currently enrolled in one of four approved Career and Technical Education programs. “That’s a really good endorsement of the type of learning and offering we have in those academies,” McNamara said. The district hopes to continue to grow enrollment in each of the four programs, which are Law, Safety and Public Security; Journalism; Design and Engineering; and International Business.

McNamara said leaders at LHS are also working on a RIDE grant that would allow the school to expand its culinary CTE program, given that its culinary lab was recently renovated. In addition, he said they’re exploring expanding on the computer science program.

“We’re really about expanding access to those programs at this point. We’re in good shape,” he said.