<img class="size-medium wp-image-50312 alignright" src="https:\/\/theenterprise.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/23\/2021\/03\/test_1614685913-232x300.jpg" alt="" width="232" height="300" \/>Nearly three out of every 10 of Virginia\u2019s 2020 public high school graduates demonstrated college-level achievement on at least one Advanced Placement examination, according to data released today by the College Board, the nonprofit organization that manages the AP program.\r\n\r\nThe College Board reported today that 28.6 percent of the commonwealth\u2019s 2020 graduating seniors earned a score of three or higher on at least one AP test. This represented a slight decrease from 2019, when 28.8 percent of graduating seniors earned qualifying scores.\r\n\r\nThe commonwealth ranked 10th in the nation in AP performance. Nationwide, 24.4 percent of graduating seniors achieved scores of three or higher.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhile Virginia continues to rank in the top 10 in AP participation and performance, there are still wide disparities in participation and outcomes when we compare data for different student groups,\u201d Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. \u201cAs high schools recover from the coronavirus pandemic, equity \u2014 including expanding access to AP courses and identifying and encouraging more students with the potential to succeed \u2014 must be a priority.\u201d\r\n\r\nDisaggregated by student group, the percentages of Virginia 2020 graduates who earned a qualifying score on at least one AP examination during high school are as follows:\r\n\r\nAsian students: 52.0%\r\n\r\nAmerican Indian students: 12.7%\r\n\r\nBlack students: 9.1%\r\n\r\nHispanic students: 24.3%\r\n\r\nWhite students: 28.1%\r\n\r\nVirginia students earned qualifying scores on 98,556 AP examinations in 2020. According to the College Board, this represents an estimated 295,698 college credits. At an average rate of $462 per college credit hour, the College Board estimates the total potential cost savings for the commonwealth\u2019s students and families was $136,612,476.\r\n\r\nAlthough colleges and universities set their own policies for awarding credit, a score of three or higher on an AP test is generally accepted as indicative of college-level work.\r\n\r\nThe 10 most popular AP courses among Virginia\u2019s 2019 graduating seniors were \u2014 in descending order \u2014 English Language and Composition, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, World History: Modern, Psychology, English Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, Biology, Environmental Science and Human Geography.