LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) -In tonight's education report, Texas public high school graduates are taking more college-level courses and exams than ever before.
The Texas Education Agency says more students are succeeding at those tests, too.
A non-profit group called the College Board released a national survey this week.
It found that Texas graduates taking Advanced Placement exams increased 122 percent in the last ten years.
In that time, more graduates scored a three out of 5 or higher on the exam. And 35 percent of graduates in 2012 took at least one A.P. exam.
Students at Spring Hill High School say taking on a greater challenge for them is about more than college credit.
"Harder classes motivate you," junior Shelby Scott said, "because especially if your peers are all working hard all around you, then that kind of encourages you to do your best as well."
The College Board recognized twelve school districts in Texas for making more Advanced Placement courses available to students and improved scores.
Nacogdoches I.S.D. is one of those twelve districts.