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La. ranks low in passing college-level exams

4 years ago November 12, 2010 Nov 12, 2010 Friday, November 12 2010 Friday, November 12, 2010 5:47:00 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Andrea Fontenot

BATON ROUGE - A new study finds Louisiana ranks next to last in the South and nationally when it comes to public high school seniors earning early college credit.

The study by the Southern Regional Education Board says just over 4 percent of Louisiana students passed at least one Advanced Placement exam last year compared to 16 percent both regionally and nationally.

That puts Louisiana just ahead of Mississippi in the 16-state region, as well as nationally.

Nancy Beben, director of curriculum standards for the state Department of Education, says plans to expand AP classes in the state were a part of the state's bid for "Race To The Top" federal funds.

However, Louisiana failed to qualify for any of those dollars.

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