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Indiana Gets Money To Help Poor Students Take AP Courses

Almost $475,000 from the federal Advanced Placement Test Fee Program

Indiana will receive hundreds of thousands in federal money to help provide Advanced Placement courses to more low-income students.

The state will receive almost $475,000 from the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program from the U.S. Department of Education.  The money will cover roughly half the cost of the typical AP exam for low-income and minority students, as well as students who would be the first in their families to attend college. 

The state has tried to boost the number of high school students taking courses for college credit for several years, going back to the term of previous state school Superintendent Tony Bennett.  Last year, about 16-percent of students passed an AP exam, which are administered by groups such as the College Board and the International Baccalaureate Organization.  The state has a goal of raising that to 25-percent.

The $474,939 awarded to Indiana is an increase of more than $3,000 from last year's award.

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