Kentucky Students Are Taking and Passing More Advanced Placement Tests
Kentucky has seen a positive trend of more students taking and passing Advanced Placement tests, according to data release recently by the test's administrator.High school students who score high enough on AP tests can earn college credit. Last school year, 30,133 students took at least one or more of the AP exam that follows completion of an AP course, according to data provided by the College Board.That's more than double the number six years ago.And the number of exams students took and passed last school year has also more than doubled during that time.Kentucky education officials have, in part, given much of the credit to the state's Advanced Kentucky program that helps train and develop educators teaching AP courses. Data has shown students who participate in Advance Kentucky score higher and are less likely to need remedial courses in college, according to a news release sent by the Kentucky Department of Education.When parsed out by ethnicity groups, white students had the greatest increase rate for the number of students taking at least one AP test. African American students took slightly fewer tests—1,496 down to 1,466—this year when compared to last year, but more significantly students earned passing grades this year to earn college credit (605 compared to 384).All ethnic groups saw some gains in passing scores.