Could this be a sign that Louisiana's much maligned educational system is beginning to turn the corner? It certainly is a bright spot even if it isn't a total turnaround. Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White announced that he believes the state's desire to raise academic standards is directly responsible for this good news for Louisiana students.

Advance Placement Credits are earned when high school students take and pass college curriculum based courses while still in high school. This gives a student a "leg up" on their college career.

In 2015, Louisiana was the second most improved state in the country according to the College Board in terms of the progress made in advanced placement, we expect this year that it will show similar things.

Superintendent White's comments were reported by the Louisiana Radio Network. He went on to suggest that our state, as a whole, was performed better this past year than the previous year when it came to AP students.

In 2014, only 41 CLEP tests were taken, this year 6,053 were taken.

In breaking down the statistics over the past four years the State Department of Education numbers show that the greatest improvement in AP successes have come from Livingston Parish. St. Bernard and Terrebone Parishes were not far behind in their number of AP students.