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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Growth in AP exam taking not seen in NEMO

  • A new report from the College Board shows that more than twice as many Missouri students took Advanced Placement (AP®) exams in 2013 than in 2003. However, those increases aren’t being noted at at least two Northeast Missouri school districts.
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  • A new report from the College Board shows that more than twice as many Missouri students took Advanced Placement (AP®) exams in 2013 than in 2003. However, those increases aren’t being noted at at least two Northeast Missouri school districts.
    In an e-mail, Deanette Jarman, superintendent of the Ralls County R-II School District, reported that district has “not had an increase in the number of students taking AP exams.”
    The same thing is true in Hannibal, according to Superintendent Jill Janes.
    “In Hannibal we offer the dual credit and dual enrollment, and we do see a lot of students getting involved with that. We haven’t seen an increase in the AP exam, but we are going to start offering a few courses within our high school that will allow students to take those. We might see an increase next year,” she said.
    According to the College Board report, the number of Missouri high school graduates who scored 3+ on the AP® tests more than doubled, increasing from 2,766 in 2003 to 5,767 in 2013. In fact, more graduates scored 3+ in 2013 than the total number of graduates who took the exams (4,256) in 2003.
    While Missouri doubled the percentage of graduates who scored 3+ on the exams over ten years, it still ranked low nationally in students who passed. The national average of 2013 graduates who scored 3+ was just over 20 percent; Missouri came in at 9.5 percent, ahead of only four other states.
    The AP® program allows students who are planning their postsecondary education to develop college-level knowledge and skills and earn college credit. In Missouri, students can earn at least three college credits for each AP® score of three or higher. At an average of nearly $270 per credit hour, that can equal significant savings for students and their families. AP® students who score 3+ are also more likely to earn higher GPAs in college and graduate from college within five years.
     
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