Remote Spring Semester Had Minimal Impact On CPS' AP Test-Takers

Sep 4, 2020

Despite the pandemic affecting school systems nationwide last semester, Cincinnati Public Schools is saying nearly the same number of students took AP tests during the spring 2020 semester compared to the spring 2019 semester.

This was discussed during a CPS Student Achievement Committee Meeting on Friday.

These are the AP test numbers from the Spring 2020 semester compared to the Spring 2019 semester.
Credit Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from slideshow during Sep. 4, 2020 meeting)

Kraig Hoover, the AP district program leader for Cincinnati Public Schools, says 65% of the students passed their tests in the spring 2020 semester, compared to 66% of students passing the year prior.

"Given the challenges that we had, I’m almost willing to accept those numbers,” Hoover said. “Almost, not quite. There’s always room for improvement, but I’m proud of our teachers and everybody that made that happen."

Fifteen new AP courses will be offered throughout the school district, including four additional AP psychology courses.

AP Pipeline For World Languages

Cincinnati Public Schools is designing an advanced placement course pipeline for middle schoolers to study world languages.

The pipeline will monitor credits students earn at each grade level and will offer support and interventions early and often to help students with course success.

There are also plans to offer Spanish for Spanish speakers and French for French speakers at Aiken, Withrow, and Dater high schools.

STEMpower

A program designed to engage female students in the Cincinnati Public Schools district will have its first meeting next Friday.

STEMpower, a Cincinnati Woman’s Club initiative, takes 20 female students from five schools enrolled in AP courses in the STEM field and assigns them mentors to encourage them to stay in the field.

The meeting will take place virtually in the afternoon.