Class of 2013 AP Exam Results Show Improvement

February 11, 2014

According to an annual College Board report released today, more Georgia graduates are succeeding on Advanced Placement (AP) tests than took the exams in 2003.  Forty percent of 2013 public high school graduates took an AP exam, and 21.3% of these graduates scored a 3 or higher. Most colleges require a score of 3 or higher to receive college credit.  Overall, the class of 2013 scored 3 or higher on 78,543 exams, which is equivalent to over $61.4 million in college credit.[i]

In 2013, Georgia ranked 15th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of the percentage of graduates scoring a 3 or higher.  The national average is 20.1%.  

The percentage of economically disadvantaged students taking AP exams in Georgia has also risen over the last decade.  In 2003, economically disadvantaged students comprised only 6.4% of the state’s AP test takers and only 3.9% of those scoring a 3 or higher.  In 2013, economically disadvantaged students represented 31.7% of Georgia’s AP test takers and 22.9% of those scoring 3 or higher.  This increase shows significant progress, but 60% of Georgia public school students are economically disadvantaged. As a result, Georgia still has room to increase low-income student participation and success on AP exams.

To access the full report, click here.

For more information on Georgia’s performance, click here.

[i] For this estimate, the College Board assumes 3 credit hours earned per exam at $260.77 per credit hour, the total potential cost savings is $61,444,189.  Number of exams include those taken the class of 2013 in public and private high schools.