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Florida students shine in Advanced Placement exam participation

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Florida ranked second for the percentage of high school students who took Advanced Placement exams, according to “The 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation” released Tuesday. The state trailed the District of Columbia by a mere two percentage points.

More than half of all Florida’s high school graduates — 53.1 percent — took advantage of the Advanced Placement program, which is almost 20 percentage points above the national average, according to the report.

Hispanics in Florida ranked above the national average in percentage of exam-takers, 27.9 percent, and high score-earners, 31 percent, according to the report.

“When students succeed on AP Exams, it means that their mastery of college-level content and skills has been externally validated by experts in the field,” the report’s introduction says. “This validation is honored by thousands of colleges and universities around the world, who award credit, placement, or both for the demonstrated accomplishments of these motivated students.”

According to Liberty Voice:

The AP exams are offered each May. Those students that pass a test may receive college credit for that class, depending on the university they attend. Receiving credits for AP exams enables to earn college degrees faster and save significant amounts of money.

Last year, 33.2 percent of public high school 2013 graduates took an AP Exam, compared to 18.9 percent of graduates 10 years before, according to 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, released today by the College Board.

Much of the expansion stems from efforts at district, state and federal levels to expand the number of low-income and minority students taking AP exams. While overall participation in Advanced Placement was nearly double, the number of low-income graduates who took an AP exam quadrupled in the past 10 years.

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said of the report:

“Florida is a national leader in providing students access to college-level coursework while they are in high school,” she said. “For many years, our students have benefited from thoughtful state leadership and foresight so they can experience the rigor of a postsecondary education and earn college credit before they graduate. I am especially pleased that more Hispanic and low-income graduates than ever before are prepared for success in college, career and in life.”



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