La. lags in Advanced Placement tests

Article By: Melinda Deslatte | February 12, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Louisiana’s high school seniors had among the poorest performances nationwide in reaching passing scores on Advanced Placement exams, which are used to earn college credit, according to a report released Tuesday.

Data from the College Board shows that 5.3 percent of Louisiana’s public high school graduates scored a 3 or higher last year on an AP exam, the grade most colleges require for students to earn credit. The tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale.

The only state with a lower percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher was Mississippi, at 4.4 percent. Nationally, 20.1 percent of 2013’s high school graduates reached the benchmark.

Maryland led the country at 29.6 percent.

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