Maryland students show major jump in AP success

BALTIMORE - Maryland students recorded another major jump in both Advanced Placement assessment participation and success according to newly released data.

Nearly 63,000 Maryland students took at least one AP test last year, an increase of 5.4 percent over 2010 and the number of exams taken jumped almost 5.4 percent to 116,614.  In spite of the increase, the number of student test scores reaching the high achieving scores of 3-5 increased almost 10 percent.

Hitting a score of 3-5 qualifies students to receive credit at many colleges and universities.  The data was released by the College Board, which administers AP and other national programs.

State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowry said the results are a positive sign that students are becoming better prepared for life beyond high school.

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