Virginia students again place among Top 10 in achievement on AP exams

Nearly 27% of Virginia’s 2021 public high school graduates demonstrated college-level achievement on at least one Advanced Placement examination, according to data released recently by the College Board, the organization that manages the AP program.

The College Board reported that 26.9% of the Commonwealth’s 2021 graduating seniors earned a score of three or higher on at least one AP test. This represented a slight decrease from 2020, when 27.9% of graduating seniors earned qualifying scores.

The Commonwealth tied for ninth in the nation in AP performance according to the College Board. Nationwide, 22.5% of graduating seniors achieved scores of three or higher.

“I congratulate all of our 2021 graduates who accepted the challenge of these rigorous courses and examinations,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said. “While celebrating their success, we also must recognize that since 2015 the Commonwealth has fallen from third in the nation to ninth as the number of Virginia students taking AP exams….

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