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Alaska below national average in AP exam scores

By Associated Press 11:55 AM February 11, 2014

The report notes few American Indian or Alaska Native students participate in Advance Placement exams.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A report shows that Alaska students lag behind the national average when it comes to scoring well on Advanced Placement exams.

The report Tuesday from the College Board shows nearly 15 percent of Alaska seniors scored a 3 or higher last year on the exam, which is a way to earn college credit. Most colleges or universities require a score of at least 3 before awarding credit.

The national average was about 20 percent.

The report notes few American Indian or Alaska Native students participate in Advance Placement exams.

The state education department did not immediately return an email to The Associated Press seeking comment.

In 2013, just over a million U.S. students participated in the Advance Placement Program with the goal of developing college-level knowledge and skills.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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