Louisiana Education Department Reports Remarkable AP Results for 2022-23

By Liora Hawthorne
Published November 01, 2023

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Louisiana – The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has just released the Advanced Placement (AP) results for the 2022-23 school year. These results have shown a remarkable achievement, as a record number of Louisiana high school seniors have earned a score of 3 or higher on their end-of-year exams. This is particularly significant because students who score a 3 or better on their AP exam can earn college credit for the corresponding course while still in high school.

An impressive total of 8,697 Louisiana students have achieved a 3 or better on their AP exam, which is 19% higher than the pre-pandemic number of 7,305 in 2019. Overall, 41.7% of AP test takers have achieved a 3 or better.

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley has expressed his satisfaction with these results, stating, “High schools exist to prepare graduates for their next phase in life, and I am pleased to see a record number of students succeeding on these challenging exams,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. “Louisiana must raise the bar so every student has the type of rigorous experiences that prepare them for a career, college, or service.”

Furthermore, not only have a record number of students achieved this milestone, but there has also been a record number of exams passed, totaling 13,111. This means that families will be relieved of paying for as many as 13,111 college courses, as students who score a 3 or higher on their AP exam may be eligible for college credit.

These results are just the latest evidence of the ongoing progress made by Louisiana students. The 2023 senior class has experienced the first annual increase in average ACT scores since 2017, despite the national average dropping. Louisiana students have also shown improvement for the second consecutive year, with 75% of school systems improving their scores on the 2023 LEAP. In addition, Louisiana’s 4th graders have led the country in reading growth, and the state’s overall ranking has improved from 46th to 42nd among all states from 2019 to 2022 on the NAEP assessment. Notably, Louisiana’s Pre-K-12 education has also improved in the U.S. News & World Report Rankings, moving up five places. Moreover, Louisiana’s students have achieved the most significant year-over-year increase on state assessments since 2016, with three-point increases in both English Language Arts (ELA) and math. The overall School Performance Score in Louisiana has also returned to its pre-pandemic level, indicating a positive trajectory. Additionally, Louisiana’s students in grades 1-3 have shown growth on the Fall Reading Report for the second consecutive year.

These results highlight the dedication and hard work of Louisiana’s students, teachers, and school systems. They also demonstrate the commitment of the Louisiana Department of Education to provide high-quality education and ensure that students are well-prepared for their future endeavors.