Advanced placement courses for college credit has increased

Sunday, December 12th 2004, 3:39 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ State education officials say the number of high school students taking advanced placement courses for college credit has increased four-fold.

And of the students taking the AP exams, there's a 4.5% percent increase since last year in the number students scoring high enough to receive college credit.

Kristy Ehlers with the state Education Department says some Oklahoma students are starting college as sophomores or juniors because of the AP courses.

The program began with the 1996-97 school year and 81 schools offered advanced placement programs.

Now, 350 Oklahoma schools offer the programs and nearly 9,800 students took AP exams last year.

The state pays the $82 exam fee for students in financial need. Students not in financial need who take more than one exam receive $25 toward each exam.