Daily staff report
Virginia ranks third in the nation for the highest percentage of qualifying Advanced Placement test scores, according to the 2014 AP Report to the Nation released on Tuesday.
AP tests, which qualify students for college credit, were taken by more than one million U.S. high school students who graduated in 2013.
Virginia placed behind Maryland and Connecticut. The report states that 28.3 percent of public high school seniors in Virginia scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam, an increase of 11.8 percent since 2003. Last year, Virginia students ranked fifth in the U.S.
Mississippi ranked last, according to the report, with 4.4 percent of graduating students scoring a 3 or higher.