Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Few Missouri Public High School Students Pass AP Courses

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Few Missouri Public High School Students Pass AP Courses

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Missouri ranks 45th in the country for its percentage of public high school students who take and pass Advanced Placement tests, according to a College Board report released this week.

Only 11.4 percent of Missouri public high school students who graduated last year had passed an AP test at least once in their school career, compared with a national average of 21.9 percent. Massachusetts had the most at 31 percent, and Mississippi had the least at 5.9 percent. Missouri's rate has risen from 5.8 percent in 2006.

AP courses are often considered a basic qualification for admission to elite colleges and universities. They earn students college credit and correlate with higher graduation rates.

The number of students passing AP tests is low in Missouri partly because many public high schools don't offer any AP courses . …

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