More Missouri Students Take AP Exams
COLUMBIA - More Missouri students are getting college credit while still in high school, steady expansion of these AP courses continues in Missouri public high schools.
AP, or advanced placement, classes offer more difficult classes in a variety of subjects, designed to mimic college-level courses. At the end of the school year, students take a test to determine just how much they've learned.
Based on their test score, of one through five, they receive a certain number of credit hours from colleges and universities. This is saving parents money.
More than 14,000 Missouri students took at least one AP test. That's a 9 percent increase from last year. Results from last year's tests also show 58.4 percent of Missouri students passed their AP tests, above the national average of 55.7 percent.
However, the percent of Missouri students taking AP tests is lower than the national average. About 15 percent of Missouri 11th and 12th graders took an AP exam, nationally nearly 35 percent of students took an AP exam.