MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's recent high school graduates have again achieved the state's "Best in the Midwest" ranking for Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) also says those students had a higher percentage of students taking an AP exam than the previous graduating class.
The College Board's Ninth Annual AP Report to the Nation showed more than 18-thousand of Wisconsin's 2012 public school graduates took an AP exam while in high school, which is nearly 30 percent of the graduating class. Of those, nearly 21 percent earned scores of 3-5 out of 5.
"We can be proud of Wisconsin's 2012 graduates," said State Superintendent Tony Evers in a statement. "Their success with the rigorous AP coursework and college-level exams they took while in high school gave them an early start on their post secondary studies."
According to the AP Report to the Nation, Wisconsin's AP population was more diverse than five years ago. Students from racial and ethnic minority groups represented 18 percent of graduates taking AP exams in 2012.