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Georgia ranked 16th nationally for Advanced Placement pass rate

By Hamilton Keener Anchor / Reporter

According to data released Wednesday by the College Board Georgia ranked 16th in the nation for the percentage of students passing Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

The Georgia Department of Education said in a press release the percentage of students who earned a 3 or higher on an AP exam was 21% for the class of 2023 in Georgia public schools. The pass rate came close to the 21.2% pass rate for the 2022 class. 

“I congratulate the class of 2023 on their excellent performance on the Advanced Placement exams,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “This is another indicator that shows our state is on the road to academic recovery. I’m proud of these students, their teachers, and their families – and as a state, we will continue our efforts to offer a variety of options and opportunities that allow students to pursue accelerated learning while still in high school.”

According to the data, Georgia students scored higher than their peers in states like Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

33.6% of Georgia’s 2023 class took an AP exam during high school compared to the 33.9% in the 2022 class. 

Georgia had the 18th-highest AP participation rate in the nation.

Georgia students took a total of 123,236 AP exams that resulted in scores of 3, 4 or 5. That represents 369,708 college credits and potential savings of $102,409,116. for students and families.

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