While Louisiana has long ranked near the bottom nationally among public high school students who earn college credit, those who did so this year rose by 30 percent, the state Department of Education announced Thursday.
The tests are called Advanced Placement. AP classes can pave the way for college credit for students who score at least a 3 on a test with a score range of 1 to 5.
Advocates say the classes prepare students for college, boost chances students will continue beyond their freshman year and increase the likelihood of graduation.
Last year, the College Board, which oversees the tests, announced that just 6.3 percent of Louisiana’s class of 2012 scored a 3 or higher on the tests, which was higher only than Mississippi.
The national average was 19.5 percent.