Number of Florida Students Taking AP Exams Rises

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
More Florida students are taking at least one Advanced Placement exam by the time they graduate, though many don

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Tallahassee, FL (AP) - More Florida students are taking at least one Advanced Placement exam by the time they graduate, though many don't score high enough to earn college credit.

College Board results released Wednesday show that 65,741 seniors in 2010 had taken an Advanced Placement exam at some point during high school, and 33,712 scored a three or higher.

Most colleges require a three or four in order to earn course credit.

Overall, 43.5 percent of all Florida seniors had taken an AP exam, and 22.3 percent had scored at least a three on those tests. Nationwide, 16.9 percent of high school seniors had scored at least a three.

The number of Florida students taking AP exams has increased
significantly over the last decade, with some 24,536 having taken a test by graduation in 2001.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Harry Location: Tallahassee on Feb 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    How many AP students actually take the AP exams?
  • by In Ed Location: Florida on Feb 10, 2011 at 03:44 AM
    The state gives extra money to school districts for each kid in an AP course, which motivates them to offer such courses. However, they currently get the money whether or not the kid can actually pass the AP exam. I believe this is supposed to change in the future, which hopefully will incent schools to work harder to ensure that students pass the test.
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Feb 9, 2011 at 08:52 PM
    Parents take note, this can save you money! My son already has credit for three courses when he starts FSU in the fall, and is taking 5 AP classes this year.
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