Missouri students improving on Advanced Placement exams

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 7:09 a.m. CDT; updated 9:33 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 26, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — The percentage of Missouri high school students scoring well on Advanced Placement exams has risen slightly.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said Missouri students took about 24,800 Advanced Placement tests during the 2011-12 school year. The test is scored on a scale of zero to five, with scores of three and above typically qualifying students for college credit.

The department says about 15,600 tests registered scores of three or above last year. That means students got passing scores on 63 percent of the tests — up about one percentage point from the previous year.

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