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PA Students Rank 28th in the Nation in Advanced Placement Exam Scores

Nearly 16 percent of high school graduates in the state scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam - up from 9.5 percent in 2003.

Pennsylvania is ranked 28th in the nation in Advanced Placement exam scores for 2013 public high school graduates.

In a report released by the college board, 15.9 percent of high school graduates in the state scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam. This is up from 9.5 percent in 2003.

Maryland, Connecticut and Virginia took the top three spots respectively. Advanced Placement Exams are scored on a 5-point scale.

According to the College Board, which administers the test, there has been a 7.9 point increase in the percentage of U.S. public high school graduates scoring a 3 or higher on an AP Exam since 2003. Seventeen states across the country exceed the national average.

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harryfinster February 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM
pennsylvainia a loser surrounded by its betters
Wendy February 11, 2014 at 01:16 PM
The problem with PA ranking IS NOT the students it's the lack of educator's "out of the box" abilities.
harryfinster February 11, 2014 at 02:05 PM
face it pa teachers and students are the bottom of the barrel,no delusional thinking can make it any better
Curmudgeon February 11, 2014 at 02:33 PM
The solution according to the ivory tower administrators and school boards is to offer more clubs, more diversity (that is in looks, not thought), more time wasted on NON-CORE subjects. But when they raise taxes they all say they're Blue Ribbon Schools. They really are the tallest midget in the circus.
Professional February 11, 2014 at 09:32 PM
The school districts in the Philadelphia suburbs are tremendous. If you took just those schools, they would rank in the top three states for advanced placement. Upper Dublin was the only district in the country that had three kids with perfect SAT scores. The problem in the rest of the state.
harryfinster February 11, 2014 at 09:35 PM
problem is the philadelphia area is unfit to live in after you graduate
Helen Gricks February 12, 2014 at 06:43 AM
It's a big state. I think NH is one of the best schools around. My kids were well prepared for college. Patch, do you have a % for local schools.
Richard February 12, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Agreed Helen, PR has 1 or 2 score perfect on their SAT's every year and they have excellent AP scores! The teachers and students do an excellent job preparing for Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics at Pine-Richland
Kevin Brutschea April 01, 2014 at 11:37 AM
What all public schools need more than anything else the return of discipline. That is the only difference regular schools and Charter Schools is discipline. CS's cherry-pick the students accepted for enrollment. Any discipline issues, and your kid won't get in.

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