OLYMPIA, Wash. - State education officials say more Washington high school students are taking and passing Advanced Placement exams.
In 2012, more than 20,000 students took at least one AP exam last spring. That's about a 6.6% increase from 2011.
Scores also increased last year, with about 20 percent of Washington's seniors scoring a three or greater. Students with at least a three on an AP exam can earn college credit at many but not all colleges.
Washington was 15th in the nation last year for the number of students who scored a three or higher on at least one exam.
AP exams, which are offered in 34 subjects, are given each May and are scored on a scale from one to five.