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Florida high school students are doing well in their AP tests but by some different measures, not so well

East Bay High School sophomore Rachael Jeter and about 300 other students take a practice AP test in 2009.

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East Bay High School sophomore Rachael Jeter and about 300 other students take a practice AP test in 2009.

More and more students are taking the tests

Or worse?

But overall, Florida students are passing a smaller percentage of tests.

Are they doing better?

A growing percentage of graduating seniors has passed at least one test.

For each of the following, answer true or false: Florida students rank near the bottom nationally in the percentage of advanced placement tests they pass. Florida students rank near the top in the percentage of graduating seniors who pass at least one. • If you said true to both, give yourself a butterscotch. Statistical whiplash is a big reason there's a hot debate in Florida over AP classes — college-caliber high school classes once reserved for the best and brightest. The number of Florida students enrolled in them has nearly doubled in six years. But are they doing well? • A national report released Wednesday suggests a yes. It shows Florida at No. 5 among states in the percentage of graduating seniors who scored a passing 3 or above on at least one AP exam. (Tests are scored on a 1-to-5 scale.) But Florida's overall pass rates are falling. In 2009, students passed 42.9 percent of their AP exams — which puts Florida way below the national rate of 56.7 percent.

Florida high school students are doing well in their AP tests but by some different measures, not so well 02/10/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 10:48pm]
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