Louisiana students earning college credit increases by 10 percent
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Education says that there has been a 10 percent increase from last year in the number of students in the state earning college credit on Advanced Placement.
Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White announced the increase at a news conference on Thursday. According to the department, along with the 10 percent increase from 2016 to 2017, there has been a 137 percent increase since 2012. The department also noted that the number of African American students qualifying for college credit increased by nearly 17 percent since last year and by 190 percent since 2012.
AP offers college-level curricula in 38 subjects areas to high school students that culminate in a college-level AP exam recognized by universities nationwide, according to the department. Students who earn a score of 3,4, or 5 are eligible for college credit at all Louisiana higher education institutions.
The results announced on Thursday come after a five-year statewide push by high schools to expand access to early college courses.
"Louisiana students have increased AP participation and performance for five consecutive years. These students have earned college credit at virtually any institution in the nation," State Superintendent John White said. "We must maintain this momentum. Our students are as smart and capable as any in America. They deserve these opportunities."
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