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Maryland Drops in AP Test Rankings

February 25th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Maryland's decade-long reign as the state with the greatest percentage of students to pass an Advanced Placement test has come to an end. The state placed second in the nation last year with 30.4 percent of high school seniors passing the rigorous exams. The Baltimore Sun reports Massachusetts finished first with 31 percent of seniors earning a score of three or better, the threshold for many colleges to award credit. The tests are scored on a scale of one to five. A score of three or higher is considered passing. The nonprofit College Board released the annual test results Wednesday. In Maryland, the number of students who passed exams last year slipped 1.3 percent from 31.7 percent in both 2015 and 2014. Almost half of all high school graduates in Maryland took an AP test last year. State educators noted Wednesday's scores mark the third consecutive year more than 30 percent of Maryland students passed an AP test.

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