Over 12,000 Kentucky public high school graduates took an Advanced Placement exam last year, according to new data released Wednesday by the College Board.
That’s nearly a 75 percent increase from Kentucky’s graduating class five years ago. Half of those students–or 6,067–received a high enough score to qualify for credit at the college level, which is a benefit of taking AP courses and exams.
Last year, WFPL reported on the total number of Kentucky public school students who have taken at least one exam. That number has seen a steady increase since 2008 when the state increased efforts to make AP classes and exams more accessible to students.
“As higher education institutions have become more competitive and have begun to request to see AP scores, there’s been a desire among students, a commitment to not just taking the AP course but to learning the material at a deep and rich level so that they would be successful on the AP exam,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of the AP Program.
College Board president David Coleman says the largest area of opportunity for more AP participants is among minorities and low-income students.