Florida Students’ Advanced Placement Success

Florida Students’ Advanced Placement Success Rate Soars
Posted on 03/04/2021
AP College Board

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has announced that students in Florida have outpaced other states in taking and passing Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams. 

Not only does this demonstrate the success of the students, but the accomplishment also saves families more than $146 million in college tuition.

Florida is number two in the country for the number of seniors who passed the test in 2020 with a score of three or higher. Florida’s 34.2% passing rate bettered the national average by 10%, and is second only to Connecticut, whose students had a 34.5% passing rate.

Florida leads the nation in having the largest participation rate of students taking the AP exam, and the 56.1% average of Florida graduates who took an exam is 17.8% higher than the national AP exam test-taking average.

“More students than ever are successful on advanced coursework that prepares them for college or a career,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Florida teachers are the best in the country and we have them to thank for our students’ impressive results.”

Other highlights of the 2020 AP Cohort Data Report include:

• Hispanic graduates represent the highest percentage of Florida’s successful scores, earning 41.6% of all scores of 3, 4, or 5.

• Florida has eliminated the AP participation and performance gap for its Hispanic students. Hispanic students made up approximately 32% of the 2020 graduating class in Florida, yet they accounted for 37.5% of AP exam takers and 41.6% of the graduates scoring 3 or higher on an AP exam during high school.

• Over the last decade, Florida’s AP participation rate increased from 42.1% in 2010 to 56.1% in 2020.

• Of the 90,609 Florida students in the class of 2020 who took an AP exam during high school, 55,346 earned a successful score of 3, 4, or 5.

• Based on students’ opportunity to earn at least three college credits for each AP exam score of 3 or higher, this represents an estimated 691,200 college credits.

• At an average rate of $212.33 per credit hour, the total potential cost savings on tuition for Florida’s students and families was $146,782,243.

For more information, read the 2020 Advanced Placement Cohort Data Report.

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