New Mexico high school students ranked below the national average on Advanced Placement tests last year.
But the scores have improved over the past decade, and New Mexico had the highest percentage of Hispanic and low income students who passed the tests.
The 10th annual report from the College Board shows 43 percent of Hispanic students in New Mexico who took an AP test scored three points or more — the highest percent nationally. At 53 percent, New Mexico also has the highest number of Hispanic high school students, and 46 percent of them took an AP test.
Nearly 40 percent of low income students in New Mexico who took an AP test passed.
Overall, 12 percent of New Mexico students passed, compared to a national average of 20 percent.
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