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October 29, 2010
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The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce will present their Community Salute Awards on Wednesday, November 10th. To be honored are Robert F. Belden, Goodwill Industries, the Stark County District Library, and Dr. Adrienne O'Neill and the Stark Education Partnership. For reservations call (330) 458-2085 or online at

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Taking Advanced Placement (AP) Courses Alone Not Related to College Success; Passing AP Exams is What Matters

A new Issue Brief by ACT, Inc. looks at research conducted by the National Center for Educational Achievement that indicates there is no evidence that merely taking an Advanced Placement (AP) course is related to college success.

However, passing the corresponding AP exam, given at the end of the course is related to college graduation rates. Students pass AP exams with a score of three or higher (3+), the level at which many colleges and universities will grant credit for the exam on admission.

The Issue Brief, The Advanced Placement Program Benefits Mainly Well-Prepared Students Who Pass AP Exams [1] notes that by passing the test these students have demonstrated that they are ready for college.

Stark County students exceed both the state and national average in passing AP exams at 3+. [2]

2009 AP Exam Scores


[2] Statistics for Class of 2009. Source College Board Columbus Office and The 6th Annual AP Report to the Nation at:
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The Stark Education Partnership, Inc., is a 501(c)-3 non-profit education reform support organization in Stark County, Ohio crossing the lines of 17 public school districts. The Partnership collaborates with educators, business, community and civic leaders to create and respond to opportunities that will add substantial and measurable value to education.

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