Trending: Where students ace the APs

APSchools around all of Southwestern Connecticut are quieter than usual this week as students hunker down for the annual Advanced Placement tests.

APs are challenging exams given to high school students after they’ve completed coursework for what is essentially a college-level class. And if the students pass (with a score of 3, 4 or 5 out of 5), they’re eligible for college credit at most major institutions. But passing an AP exam isn’t always an easy thing to do.

We searched through records from Connecticut’s State Department of Education to see just how well students in the southwestern corner of the state are doing on these tests. It turns out they’re doing better than students across the state, on whole. According to test data from the 2011 academic year, which is the most recent year on file, 18.7 percent of Connecticut 12th graders earned a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP test that year. But here in Southwestern Connecticut, 21 of the 36 high schools had higher percentages than that, including two schools where more than half of the senior class did so. See how your school stacks up here:

Maggie Gordon