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More Mississippi Students Take AP Exams

Mississippi saw an increase in students taking Advanced Placement exams, which can save money on college tuition and better prepare students for higher learning.

More than 22 percent of Mississippi public high school students in the graduating class of 2018 took an AP exam, up 2 percent from the class of 2017. Almost 7 percent earned a qualifying score of 3 or higher.

“Achieving a qualifying score on an AP exam is evidence that a student is prepared to master college-level material,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “The AP experience not only exposes students to the rigor of college, it can help students and their families reduce the cost of college.”

Starting in fall 2019, every AP score of 3, 4 or 5 will entitle students to earn at least three college credits at any Mississippi public university or community college.

Also starting in fall 2019, AP exam registration will move from the spring to the fall. The College Board will also offer online resources for teachers and students.

The College Board states that 75 percent of Mississippi students in the class of 2018 were eligible for free or reduced lunch, but only 36 percent of those students used a fee reduction to pay for an AP exam.

“Increasing access to AP courses and exams expands opportunities for students to achieve at higher levels,” Wright said. “Students who take AP courses are better prepared for college, and colleges and universities in Mississippi and nationally value AP achievement.”

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