More and more students in Kentucky public high schools are taking Advance Placement tests, and their scores are rising.
According to figures released Monday by the state Department of Education, more than 19,600 Kentucky public high schools students took at least one AP exam this year. Approximately 200,000 Kentucky students enrolled in public schools in grades 9-12.
Students who take and pass AP classes can earn college credits while in high school, possibly shortening the time it takes them to complete college. The number of Kentucky students taking AP exams has increased steadily, having jumped 87 percent since 2005, when slightly more than 10,400 students took the tests. Last year, 16,958 public school students in Kentucky took the tests.
The number of tests taken also has been rising. This year, Kentucky students took more than 31,700 AP tests, compared to 16,564 in 2005. The number of AP test scores of three or higher has increased by 94 percent in the past five years.
The number of non-white public school students in Kentucky who take AP exams has more than doubled over the past five years, but white students still predominate by a wide margin.