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Hillsborough is pleased with AP test results

Students are taking more Advanced Placement courses in Hillsborough County -- and getting higher scores on the tests, according to the school district.

The district reports that the percentage of test scores of 3 or above increased from 38 percent to 42 percent this year, with record numbers of students taking the college-level courses. Students who earn a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam are eligible to received college credit in that course.

“This is more evidence that our students – and our teachers – are up to the task," Superintendent MaryEllen Elia said in a news statement. “These are the toughest, most rigorous courses available. These external exams are proof that with the right preparation and with excellent instruction our students are doing college-level work.”

Since 2007, the number of AP tests taken by Hillsborough students has more than doubled to 32,796 in 2012. Despite the greater access to AP programs, the rate of 3-and-better scores has risen from 39 percent to 42.

[Last modified: Friday, July 6, 2012 11:39am]


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