More 'Advance Placement' students, more qualifying scores
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana education officials say the number of high school students in the state taking tough Advanced Placement tests increased this year - and the percentage earning scores that qualify for college credit is up, as well.
The education department says the number of AP tests taken grew from 21,180 in 2014 to 24,145 this year. The number earning college credit qualifying scores jumped from 6,410 to 7,703 - an increase of nearly 1,300. It was a 20 percent increase in the number of test-takers earning qualifying scores from 2014 to 2015. And, the department says, the number of qualifying scores increased 89 percent since 2012.
In a Wednesday afternoon news conference, state Education Superintendent John White touted increased participation and more qualifying scores on AP exams by African-American students.