ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Albemarle County Public Schools division says more than 40 percent of its 2018 graduates received Advanced Placement test scores, which could allow them to get college credit for classes they completed in high school.
AP courses were established by the College Board to let high school students take college-level instruction.
Such courses are offered in six subject areas, including the Arts, English, History and Social Science, Math and Computer Science, the Sciences, and World Languages and Cultures.
For Albemarle County, there were 1,048 graduates, of whom 43 percent earned a grade of three or higher on at least one AP test.
The division says this number is 50 percent higher than the average in Virginia and 83 percent above the national average.
The College Board says 28.5 percent of high school graduates across Virginia met the benchmark of a three or higher on an AP test.
Across the country, 23.5 percent of graduates met the college-preparedness benchmark represented by the AP exams, with the highest percentage being reported from Massachusetts where 43 percent of graduates reached the benchmark.
The College Board also provides a college readiness score based on combined SAT results, and two and three of graduates in Albemarle County met this benchmark, which is 13 percentage points higher than the statewide average and 23 points higher than the national average.
According to the College Board, students who meet this benchmark have a 65 percent likelihood of earning a grade point average of B or higher in their first year of college.