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Lake Oswego seniors' scores among state's best on AP tests

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West Linn-Wilsonville seniors also did well in 2016, data shows

Lake Oswego and West Linn-Wilsonville school districts had some of the highest numbers of seniors taking advanced placement tests in Oregon last year — and their scores also were among the best.

Lake Oswego was second in the state for the percentage of seniors scoring a 3 or higher (61.7 percent) on an AP test in 2016, while Corbett (67.1 percent) was first and West Linn-Wilsonville was third (52.8 percent). Lake Oswego and West Linn-Wilsonville also were among the smallest top-rated districts.

The Oregon Department of Education last week shared the College Board's AP Cohort Data Report for the Graduating Class of 2016. The College Board was founded in 1900 to expand access to college education and helps students transition to college through programs such as the SAT and Advanced Placement program.

The new data highlights how many seniors in Oregon and the nation took at least one AP test in 2016 and how many students received a 3 or higher. District-level data was released by ODE at The Review's request on Friday.

Students enroll in AP classes in subjects as diverse as English, Spanish, calculus and chemistry; at the end of the class, teens take a test that scores on a scale of 1-5. Scores of 3 and higher are usually worth college credit, depending on a post-secondary institution's requirements.

In terms of sheer numbers, Beaverton (704 students) and Portland (546 students) had the most seniors taking AP tests in Oregon who earned a 3 or higher. Meanwhile, Lake Oswego had 341 seniors and West Linn had 345, taking the next two slots in the category.

Lake Oswego was seventh in terms of the number of people taking at least one AP test regardless of score, with 378 students; West Linn was fifth at 502 students. From first to fourth, it was Beaverton, Portland, Salem-Keizer and Hillsboro.

At 68.4 percent, Lake Oswego was fourth in the state for the percentage of seniors taking AP tests; at 76.9 percent, West Linn was third. Corbett (100 percent) and Lowell (78.6 percent) were first and second.

Riverdale, a smaller district located near Lake Oswego, had 24.2 percent of seniors taking an AP test. Sixteen students took at least one AP test, and nine students (13.6 percent) scored a 3 or higher.

In Oregon, 17.5 percent of seniors on average scored a 3 or higher on an AP test. The national average was 21.9 percent in the same category.

— Jillian Daley