AP exam success celebrated in Chicopee

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The results of last year’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams are in, and students and staff at Chicopee High School are celebrating the outcome.

Chicopee High had a 75% increase in scores on the exams, which students can transfer toward college credit.

CHS is one of 70 schools statewide to partner with Mass. Insight Education to increase AP test results. The organization offers students test prep, while it offers special development workshops for teachers to attend.

AP has been criticized in the past for not offering students courses in subjects outside the Common Core, but others say that approach has moved students forward.

“We have a lot of data that suggests that kids will be more successful in college if they have more rigor earlier in their high school career. We specify on math and science, and English underwrites everything,” Mass Insight Education Field Director John Smolenski said.

Private companies and organizations, such as MassMutual and the Davis Foundation, help schools pay to partner with Mass Insight. The rest of the funding is provided by the district and the state.

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