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Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 10:15am

Georgia Students Excel On AP Tests

Updated: 3 years ago.
Georgia ranked 11th in the nation for AP exams according to a report by the College Board released this week. (photo courtesy Rennett Stowe)

Georgia once again has some of the best Advanced Placement test scores in the country.

High school students taking college level courses did better this year than last.

More than 19 percent of Georgia's 2010 graduates did well enough on at least one AP exam to earn college credit.

That's up about half a  percentage point over the previous year and the 11th best ranking in the nation. It's also the second year in a row Georgia's rate has exceed the national average.

Matt Cardoza with the Department of Education says the success is a sign that Georgia's consistantly low SAT rankings don't tell the whole story.

"I think rankings like this showing that we indeed are not last in education are important," Cardoza says.

He says the recent addition of AP courses to Georgia's online virtual school means more students than ever have access to them.