More TN students earning college credit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) – Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Tuesday that nearly 7,500 more post-secondary credits were awarded to Tennessee public school students in 2016.

That’s when compared to the year 2014.

McQueen’s office also said more students than ever before in Tennessee are taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

This year 27,699 students took one or more exam.

That’s up 8.8% from last year.

The new data show that not only are more Tennessee students taking AP tests, but also 3,700 more exams were scored a three or higher, making those students eligible to receive college credit for their high school work.

AP classes offer students the ability to take college-level course work and earn college credit based on their performance on the national AP exam.

Education Department officials say the trends in Tennessee mirror the national data also released Tuesday.

Across the country, participation was up by 5.3% with a similar percentage increase in the number of exams that were scored as a three or higher.

McQueen’s office said research has shown that students who participate in early post-secondary courses are more likely to enroll and persist in post-secondary education.

Tennessee Succeeds is the Education department’s strategic plan.

It calls for the majority of high school graduates from the class of 2020 to earn a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree.

This achievement will equip our students to meet the demands of the workforce as at least 55 percent of all jobs in Tennessee will require some post-secondary education by 2025.

There are several types of early post-secondary opportunities available in Tennessee and offerings vary widely by school district.

To support this effort, and to ensure that all students are given the opportunity earn early post-secondary credit, the department supports the following early post-secondary opportunities and programs:

• Dual enrollment
• Local dual credit
• Statewide dual credit
• Advanced Placement
• Cambridge International Examinations
• International Baccalaureate
• College Level Examination Program
• Student Industry Certification

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