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Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky Students Taking More 'Advanced Placement' Tests, Seeing Higher Scores

Kentucky students are taking more advanced placement tests and scoring higher on those exams, according to data released this week.


This trend has continued since 2008 when the state began its Advanced Kentucky initiative that helps local school districts grow participation.

Advanced Kentucky trains teachers and helps students prevent the need for remediation courses once they reach college.

High school students who take AP tests and score high enough can earn college credit. Data released by the College Board shows over 28,000 Kentucky students took at least one AP exam last school year.

That’s nearly double the amount taken five years ago.

During that same time the number of qualifying scores increased 100 percent and African American and Hispanic student populations taking the tests also continue to rise. Earlier this year, Jefferson County Public Schools was recognized for its AP achievements with African American students.

Number of pulbic school students taking one or more AP exams, by ethnicity
Credit via Kentucky Department of Education
Number of students scoring 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam, which allows students to receive credit at many colleges.
Credit via Kentucky Department of Education

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