HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Advanced Placement testing in Harrisonburg City Schools is at the highest it has been in the school division's history.
Superintendent Doctor Scott Kizner said that teachers are talking to students more about their post graduation options and enrollment is growing.
Last year, 477 tests were administered.
Of the more than 450 tests taken last year, more than 70 % of Harrisonburg students got a three or higher.
With AP tests on their transcripts, students have a chance to get scholarships.
Dr. Kizner said the tests are beneficial for parents as well because students who take the test may not have to take as many college classes, which means less tuition.
Dr. Kizner said it's a more diverse group of test takers, including more Hispanic and African American students and students with disabilities.
"When they apply to colleges it looks very positive on their transcripts that they're taking the most challenging classes that their high school offers. We tell students I'd rather see you get a C or a B, of course an A would be nice, but rather see you get a C or a B in a more challenging class then an A in a class that maybe doesn't challenge them or have the rigor," said Dr. Kizner.
This week, Virginia will be releasing graduation completion index numbers and the on time graduation rate.
At Tuesday's school board meeting, Dr. Kizner will talk about how the school system's numbers have increased over the last three years.
Students are getting advanced diplomas and also graduating on time.
Ninety one percent of students meet the graduation completion index compared to 84 percent during years before.
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