HCPSS MPIA Request #2019-034

Requested Information
Please provide AP coursework trend data, by race and affluence, for each score level 3, 4, and five - each by itself. The AP coursework trend report is disingenuous otherwise.
Though a score of 3 is considered "passing"; often this score is not accepted by universities for college credit. Of 37 AP tests for UMD, scoring a 3 is secures college credit in only 2 courses, Art History and a Lower Level English elective. Reference:http://www.transfercredit.umd.edu/plc/APGenEd.pdf. MPIA Request # 2019-006. Please include my name and date in request: Carol Aliprando, 8/22/2018
Date Received
Responsive Documents
For reference, we have supplied an additional document compiled by HCPSS staff in 2015 regarding the acceptance scores for the top ten destination schools for HCPSS graduates. While each school has its own acceptance scale, the College Board uses the score of 3 universally as a “passing score.”
FARMs vs. Non-FARMs test takers for each score level, similar to the chart on race noted in the trend report above. Under both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students, HCPSS must protect against the potential disclosures of personally identifiable information about students. In accordance, HCPSS follows the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics’ guidelines for protecting student privacy in public reporting and suppresses the following from responsive records: populations that fall below 10; percentages that are less than or equal to 5, or greater than or equal to 95; categories directly related to specific student records; and/or information that, when combined with other publicly accessible data, can reasonably identify an individual student or reveals information from an individual student’s record. HCPSS has made substantial efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, data collection and reporting is consistently subject to change. Please be mindful when comparing data as many variances can occur between reports based on date pulled, parameters used, categories included, etc.

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