Latino students made the greatest improvement in AP exams in Texas. (Getty Images)

Hispanics make record gains in AP exams in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas says the number of its public school students taking Advanced Placement tests increased by 4 percent last year.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams said Tuesday that College Board data shows 194,391 Texas public school students took 350,766 AP exams during the 2011-2012 school year.

He said performance increased for all students by 9.1 percent, with African-Americans gaining 12 percent and Hispanics nearly 14 percent.

AP tests are graded on a 1-to-5 scale and many colleges award course credit for scores of 3 or above. Texas students earned a 3 or above on 162,959 exams last year.

The most-taken AP test statewide was English Language, followed by U.S. History and World History.

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