Virginia Ranked 3rd In Student AP Course Success

February 13, 2008

College Board’s fourth annual “AP Report to the Nation,” announced Wednesday that Virginia's public schools ranked 3rd in the nation in AP coursework and exams.

The report says 21.5% of Virginia’s public school students in the class of 2007 achieved an AP Exam grade of 3 or higher (the score predictive of college success) during their high school years, a larger percentage than most other states in the nation, and well above the national average of 15.2%.

New York ranked first, with 23.4% of its public high school class of 2007 achieving at least one grade of 3 or higher. Maryland ranked second, with 22.4% of its 2007 graduating class achieving at least one grade of 3 or higher.

Research shows that earning a grade of 3 or higher on an AP Exam is a strong predictor of a student’s ability to earn a bachelor’s degree, according to recent reports from researchers at the University of California: Berkeley, the National Center for Educational Accountability and the University of Texas at Austin

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