Va. Students 3rd in AP Exam Achievement

More than 23 percent of Virginia

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman
South Gwinnett seniors Afomeya Haetamu, left, and Yasmin Abdullahi work on an assignment during their Advanced Placement biology class on Wednesday morning. The school has been focusing on academic rigor by encouraging students to take AP courses and exams for college credit. As a result, 48 percent more students will be taking AP exams this May.

February 10, 2011

More than 23 percent of Virginia's 2010 high school seniors who took Advanced Placement tests qualified for college credit on at least one exam.

Virginia's students are ranked third in the nation in the College Board's AP Report to the Nation for the fourth consecutive year.

The annual report released Wednesday says 30,781 Virginia seniors took at least one AP exam during their high school careers.

Of those, 19,162 scored a three or higher on at least one exam.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright says almost twice as many seniors earn college credit on the AP exams as those who took the tests a decade ago.

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