Louisiana’s high school seniors had among the poorest performances among students nationwide in their passing scores on Advanced Placement exams.
The exams are used to earn college credit.
A report released Tuesday by the College Board shows that 5.3 percent of Louisiana’s public high school graduates scored a 3 or higher last year on an AP exam. A 3 is the grade most colleges require for students to earn credit.
The only state with a lower percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher was Mississippi. Nationally, 20.1 percent of 2013’s high school graduates reached the benchmark.
Despite lagging nearly all states, Louisiana’s education department talked of the state’s improvement ranking highest in the nation, with the number of seniors getting a 3 or higher growing by 25 percent.