NM low-income seniors and Hispanics lead nation on AP exams

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By Associated Press

Santa Fe — New Mexico’s senior class of 2010 led the nation in the percentage of low-income seniors taking and succeeding on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam, according to the College Board’s annual report to the nation.
Additionally, Hispanic students in the state had one of the highest participation rates in the nation (49.4 percent) and the highest percentage of students scoring three or higher on an AP exam.
Students in Los Alamos High School continue this high number of test takers.
Advisement Coordinator Nora Arbuckle said a total of 272 students took 489 exams in 2010. She explained students often take more than one AP exam.
Thirty-one of these students were Hispanic, Arbuckle said, or 11 percent.
The number of students is really positive. It shows at least a quarter of the high school is taking the AP exam, she said.
“Rigorous coursework, such as Advanced Placement courses, prepare students for greater success in college and the workforce,” said New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera. “While New Mexico has fortunately seen increases in the number of students taking and scoring a three or higher on AP exams, especially among our minority and low-income students, we must do more to advance bold education reform in our schools.

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