Massachusetts students last year had the fifth highest rate in the nation of success on the Advanced Placement examinations, the College Board announced today.
The organization said 23.1 percent of students in the class of 2010 completed high school having scored 3 or higher on at least one AP exam. The national average is 16.9 percent.
The state placed behind Maryland (26.4 percent), New York (24.6 percent), Virginia (23.7 percent), and Connecticut (23.2 percent).
The number of Bay State students who scored 3, 4, or 5 -- 14,122 – was also higher than the number that even took the exams in nearly a decade ago – 11,072, the organization said.
Students and teachers "have risen to the AP challenge," College Board president Gaston Caperton said in a statement.
The College Board said that research has found that AP students scoring 3 or higher are more likely to be successful in college and graduate on time, reducing their parents' college expenses.
Governor Deval Patrick said in the statement that he was pleased with the greater participation and higher performance. "Now we must increase our efforts to help more students enroll in these rigorous college preparatory courses and reach higher levels of achievement," he said.
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