GRAPHIC: A look at Advanced Placement scores by state

Monday, March 10, 2014 | 2:03 p.m. CDT; updated 1:03 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 17, 2014

*Correction: An earlier version of the explanation for the graphic did not accurately explain how the state percentages are calculated.

Of U.S. high school seniors who graduated in 2013*, about 20 percent scored a three or higher on Advanced Placement Exams. The AP Exams are scored on a one through five scale. A score of three is seen as “qualified” or capable of college level work. In Missouri, fewer than 10 percent of seniors earned a three or above. Missouri ranks in the bottom five states for qualified AP scores. The College Board, which administers the tests, calculates state pass rates by dividing the number of students who scored three or above by the total number of graduating seniors in that state.*

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Michael Williams March 10, 2014 | 4:42 p.m.

Spend more money!!!!!!

But don't even consider "You're doing it wrong."

That would be too hard....and too embarrassing.

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Ellis Smith March 11, 2014 | 8:07 a.m.

Comforting to see that Mississippi (our "Third World" state) is still 50th. Say, don't two of their state universities play sports in the SEC? Isn't that also the case for LSU?

A bit surprising to see North Dakota in the bottom five. With all that shale oil revenue they should have sufficient funds to "throw" at their problem.

Michael: The usual response to such bad news is to attack the validity of the exams. It's always the exams that are wrong (or biased, or whatever), NEVER the quality (or lack of it) of student instruction. Of course if all the students in all states took the SAME exams...

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John Schultz March 11, 2014 | 1:59 p.m.

I'm not sure any of those scores are anything to write home about.

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