More students take AP exams, though many are opting out

The number of public high-school seniors who took and passed at least one Advanced Placement class rose to 18.1% in 2011, compared with 16.9% the year before, a new report from the College Board shows. The report also shows that many students who may have succeeded on AP tests chose not to take them or lacked access to the courses, and this gap particularly was apparent for minority students. The states with the highest percentages of students taking and passing AP exams were Maryland, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut, the data show.

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