Ky. students improve on A.P. tests, but they trail the national average

Kentucky is tied for 31st in the percentage of students who passed at least one advance-placement exam in high school last year, according to the College Board's annual report.

Ten percent of public high school students in Kentucky and Indiana scored at least a 3 on an A.P. exam in 2008, which was below the national average of 15.2 percent. But that's steady improvement for Kentucky since 2003, when 7 percent of students passed at least one A.P. exam.

Overall, Maryland had the highest A.P. success rate, with 23.4 percent of its students passing at least one exam.

Nearly 20 percent of Kentucky students attempted an A.P. exam last year, and 25 percent of students nationwide took at least one of the tests, according to the College Board report. Social sciences and English remained the most popular A.P. subjects.

Kentucky students had the most success with the statistics exam, in which 62 percent of the students who attempted it scored at least a 3. World history was next; nearly 61 percent of the 1,093 who took the test last year scored a 3 or higher.

The U.S. history A.P. exam was the most popular, with 3,756 students taking it, but just 39 percent scored at least a 3. Only the biology and chemistry A.P. exams confounded Kentucky students more, with about a third of the people who sat for those tests getting a score of 3 or higher.