Cobb AP Students Outperform State Average by More than 50%


Georgia ranks 16th in the nation for the percentage of students passing the Advanced Placement (AP) exams, according to data released last week by the College Board.

The percentage of students earning a 3 or higher on an AP exam was 21% for the class of 2023 in Georgia public schools, similar to the 21.2% pass rate for the class of 2022.

In Cobb School District, 7882 AP students performed exceedingly well, scoring a 3 or higher on 76% of their exams! This is over 50% higher than the overall average for the Class of 2023. 

“We are proud of our students and teachers for their hard work and accomplishments,” said Board Chair Randy Scamihorn. “These high-achieving students are evidence that what we are doing in Cobb is working and working well.”

On the state level, Georgia continued to record stronger AP performance than most Southern states, scoring higher than their peers in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

Overall, 33.6% of Georgia’s class of 2023 took an AP exam during high school, compared to 33.9% in the class of 2022. Georgia has the 18th-highest AP participation rate in the nation.

“I congratulate the class of 2023 on their excellent performance on the Advanced Placement exams,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “This is another indicator that shows our state is on the road to academic recovery. I’m proud of these students, their teachers, and their families—and as a state, we will continue our efforts to offer a variety of options and opportunities that allow students to pursue accelerated learning while still in high school.”

AP is one of the multiple options for advanced learning Georgia students have available, and the state and Cobb Schools are committed to continuing to offer many opportunities.

Georgia high school students took a total of 123,236 AP exams that resulted in scores of 3, 4, or 5 – representing an estimated 369,708 college credits and a total potential cost savings for students and families of $102,409,116.