Jul 31, 2014 2:32 PM by Press Release

La. students make historical gains in Advanced Placement testing

The state Department of Education announced today the number of college credits earned in 2014 by Louisiana students on Advanced Placement (AP®) exams increased by more than 1,250 credits over results in 2013 - the greatest increase in number of credits earned in state history. The gains represent an annual increase of 24.6 percent.

Louisiana high school students scored high enough to earn college credit on 6,410 AP® exams in 2014, compared to 5,144 in 2013 and 4,112 in 2012. Credits earned by students who score a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP® exams are transferable to nearly any college in the nation and all colleges in Louisiana.

Overall participation in Advanced Placement courses also grew from 23,485 course enrollments in 2013 to 28,009 course enrollments in 2014. The percentage of students enrolled in the courses and taking the associated test has increased from 55 percent in 2012 to 76 percent in 2014.

In 2013, the College Board and the U.S. Department of Education hailed Louisiana's increase in qualifying scores of 3, 4, or 5, which saw the biggest gain of any state since 2011, increasing 35.1 percent over two years. Gains announced today will likely sustain the state's top position.

"These increases in Advanced Placement scores offer opportunities to students and teachers alike," said State Superintendent John White. "Studies show that even for students who pass the course but not the test, the benefits are lasting. Challenging coursework in high school is critical to college success."



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