More TN Students Taking College-Level Courses in High School

Advanced Placement or AP classes are one way high school students can get ready for college. The good news is even more Tennessee students are taking advantage of these courses! Nearly 8 percent more students across the state took Advanced Placement tests during the 2013-14 school year. This is a major win for Tennessee students on their path to being college and career ready. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers for the 2013-14 school year:

  • More students earned scores making them eligible for college credit; 20, 267 of the exams taken by Tennessee students earned between a three or five on the AP grading scale (qualifying students for college credit hours at most institutions), up 9 percent from the previous year.
  • More students took an AP exam; 22,739 students across the state took AP exams during the 2013-14 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
  • More students took more than one AP exam; students took 37, 067 AP exams, a 9 percent increase from the previous year.
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Joyce Kang, photo courtesy of the Tennessean

Two Tennessee students have also earned top honors from the College Board, the organization that runs college readiness programs like AP. The College Board named Joyce Kang, former Brentwood High School student, and Neel Kurupassery, former Battle Ground Academy student, Tennessee’s AP Scholars. This means Joyce and Neel earned the highest average statewide on all the AP exams they took last year. The College Board names AP Scholars annually, recognizing two students from each state.

The Tennessean featured Joyce back in May for earning a perfect score on the ACT, twice! And according to BGA’s website, Neel took 11 AP exams in his last two years of high school. Study partners anyone?