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January 9, 2009
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Advanced Placement Courses Continue to Expand in Stark County

Educators and policymakers across the nation should be commended for their sustained commitment to helping students achieve access to and success in AP courses and exams. - College Board President, Gaston Caperton

Figures received by the Stark Education Partnership from the College Board in December show that for the fourth straight year, Advanced Placement (AP) coursework continued to expand in Stark County in 2008. This expansion mirrors growth in all other College Opportunity Credits (COCs).

Stark County AP 2003-2008

Ninety percent of the nation's colleges and universities now have policies granting students college credit, placement, or both, for a qualifying score of three or higher on AP course exams. For students in Stark County who scored three or higher 1,414 times in 2008, that represents a potential savings of $1,628,000 or more in tuition cost.

As an added note, the success Stark students are having with AP coursework is paralleled by two of its institutions of higher education. Both Mount Union College and Walsh University rank in the top 30 of 113 Ohio colleges that accept AP coursework as honoring the greatest number of grades from students across the state.


* For more information about AP, visit the College Board website at: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html
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