WAUSAU – The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) is recognizing Wausau West as a leader in Advanced Placement testing for the 2015-2016 school year.

Wausau West is a Level 3 Pacesetter School, according to a Wausau School District news release. Pacesetter schools provide impressive student access to AP courses and post excellent AP exam scores. To be recognized as a Level 3 school, more than 10 percent of the school’s students must take AP exams and more than 60 percent of test-takers must receive a score of 3 or higher.

Advanced Placement is a high school academic program with courses in more than 30 subjects that culminate with college-level assessments. Exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 3 or higher eligible for credit or advanced standing at many colleges and universities. According to College Board, earning a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam is a good predictor of a student’s ability to succeed in college academic studies and graduate.

Statewide, student scores on AP exams are on the rise, according to a February report released by the College Board.

Wisconsin is wrapping up a three-year effort to get more students to take the Advanced Placement exams, especially low-income kids.

Just over 26 percent of seniors in the Badger State took at least one AP exam last year. That’s almost 2 percent higher than the previous year. But the national increase in participation was even bigger.