New data from the College Board, which administers the Advanced Placement tests for the courses that can earn students college credits while in high school, shows that Delaware steadily increased student participation and performance in the past decade.

The total number of Delaware public school test takers increased by 4.7 percent between 2016 and 2017. Meanwhile, the number of students scoring at least a 3 — the score considered “qualified” by College Board — on the 5-point scale also continued to climb, increasing 6.3 percent between 2016 and 2017.

Students who self-identified as Hispanic/Latino increased participation in AP by 7.1 percent since 2016. The number of students achieving a 3 or higher also increased by 11.1 percent.

Students who self-identified as two or more races increased AP participation by 9.6 percent, and the number of students achieving a 3 or higher increased by 20.4 percent. While students who self-identified as black/African-American decreased their AP participation by 2 percent, the number earning a 3 or higher was 3.1 percent higher.

The Delaware Department of Education’s strategy to increase college-going is one of the state’s goals outlined in its 2017 College Success Report. Delaware's annual College Success Report uses statewide, school-level and district-level data to highlight Delaware student remediation rates as well as the connection between high school rigor and college success.

Based on data from 2012 through 2015, 41 percent of Delaware high school graduates entering a Delaware college start steps behind their peers.

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