Maryland has led the nation in the percentage of high school seniors passing the rigorous Advanced Placement exams for the tenth consecutive year, according to the Maryland Department of Education.
The percentage of Maryland high school seniors who earned a passing score on at least one AP exam during high school remained stable at 31.7 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. Just 10 years ago, only 21 percent of graduating seniors scored a three or better on an AP test. Scores of three, four and five are considered passing on a scale of one to five.
Maryland beat Massachusetts, where 31.5 percent of seniors had a passing rate. Florida, Connecticut, and California all had more than 30 percent of seniors scoring a three or better. The national average was 22.4, up from 21.6 percent in 2014.
More than half of all Maryland high school graduates took at least one AP exam while in high school, double the rate of a decade ago. Only Florida, Arkansas and the District of Columbia had higher participation rates than Maryland.