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Tallahassee Democrat: "More Florida Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams"

February 21, 2013

Travis Pillow, Tallahassee Democrat

Florida students took, and passed, Advanced Placement classes at higher rates than their peers in almost every state in the country last year.

More than one in two Florida high school graduates took at least one of the exams in 2012, and more than one out of every four of all students scored a 3 or higher on at least one of the tests, making them eligible to receive college credit in those subjects.

"With Florida high school students ranking fourth in the nation for success on AP exams, our teachers are truly demonstrating a high performance that competes and succeeds on the national scale," Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement.

More low-income and minority students are passing the tests, but African-American students remain far less likely to take the tests, or to pass, than their peers. In 2012, 7.4 of Florida African-American students passed at least one test, an increase from 5.6 percent a decade earlier.

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