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Report: Florida ranks second in nation for Advanced Placement testing performance

School Testing
Posted at 12:50 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 12:51:01-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The State of Florida is now the second in the nation when it comes to successful Advanced Placement performance, according to 2020 data from the College Board.

According to the 2020 AP Cohort Data Report from the College Board, 34.2 percent of the graduating class of 2020 in Florida scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam while in high school.

Florida is second only to Connecticut, which had 34.5 percent of its students score a 3 or higher on an AP exam while in high school.

The state also surpassed the national average in this category, which is 24.4 percent.

In 2019, Florida ranked third in the same category with 32.3 percent.

Scoring a 3 or better on an AP exam gives students the opportunity to turn the class they took in high school and make it eligible for college credit.

Other notable highlights from the College Board report include:

  • Florida is the #1 state in the nation for having the highest AP exam participation rate.
  • The percentage of Florida graduates who took an AP exam during high school is 17.8 percent higher than the national average (56.1 percent vs. 38.3 percent).
  • Based on students’ opportunity to earn at least three college credits for each AP exam score of 3 or higher, this represents an estimated 691,293 college credits.
  • At an average rate of $212.33 per credit hour, the total potential cost savings for Florida’s students and families was $146,782,243.

For more information on the report and to read it in full, please click here.