La says students earning AP credit growing
NEW ORLEANS - The percentage of Louisiana public high school juniors and seniors earning college credit on Advance Placement exams has grown markedly, although it remains low at just over 4 percent.
State figures show the number of students scoring well enough on AP tests to earn college credit grew from 5,144 in 2013 to 6,407 this year, an increase of close to 25 percent.
Participation in AP classes by Louisiana students continues to be low at under14 percent. The College Board, a nonprofit organization that offers AP courses and exams, said Tuesday that the national average is 22 percent.
However, the state is now ranked 38th for the percentage of high school juniors and seniors taking an AP test. In 2012, Louisiana was last in the nation.