NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE EDUCATION DIRECTORATE

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Statistics about psychology education.
  • Over 90,000 bachelor’s degrees in psychology were awarded during the 2006–2007 academic year.1
  • Over 2,200 associate’s degrees in psychology were awarded that same year.1
  • Over 132,000 students took the Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology exam in 2008, and approximately 150,000 students took the AP Psychology exam in 2009.2 
  • AP Psychology had the 7th-largest exam volume of 37 AP subject exams in 2008.2
  • Nearly 11,000 International Baccalaureate (IB) Psychology exams were taken worldwide in 2009; over 7,000 of these exams were taken in the U.S.3
  • IB Psychology ranked 7th out of approximately 26 IB subject exams (in terms of volume) in the U.S. and is the 11th-largest of all IB subject exams worldwide.3
  • Over 30% of graduating students earned credits in a psychology course during their 4 years in high school.4 (In 2005, this meant that approximately 818,000 graduating students earned credits in a psychology course in high school.)
1National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
2Summary Report: 2008 and 2009, College Board.
3IB Policy and Research Department.
4High School Transcript Study, 2005, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics.
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