Failure Rate for AP Tests Climbing

According to the article below from USA Today, the number of students taking AP exams has climbed but so has the failure rate. Students last year took a record 2.9 million exams through the AP program, which challenges high school students with college-level courses. The newspaper’s analysis finds that more than two in five students (41.5%) earned a failing score of 1 or 2, up from 36.5% in 1999.

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by Jack Gillum and Greg Toppo

The number of students taking Advanced Placement tests hit a record high last year, but the portion who fail the exams — particularly in the South — is rising as well, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

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