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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:39pm
Austin, TX (KDBC) — The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has announced the number of Texas graduates taking at least one Advanced Placement (AP) exam has more than doubled in the past decade.
In addition, the number of low-income graduates taking AP exams has more than quadrupled and the number of Hispanic/Latino graduates taking AP exams has nearly tripled.
“Texas has become a beacon of opportunity for job creators looking for a skilled workforce ready to take on any need an employer may have,” Gov. Perry said.
“Texas students must be equipped with the skills to compete in Texas’ thriving economy. Increased participation in programs like AP means that Texans are better prepared after graduation, giving our high school students an early start at college and potentially saving them money in the long run.”
The AP program allows high school students to take college-level classes in a variety of subjects.
For qualifying AP Exam scores, colleges and universities around the country offer credit or advanced placement once a student is admitted.
Gov. Perry remains committed to ensuring that Texas students have access to affordable higher education.
In 2011, Gov. Perry challenged institutions of higher education to find efficiencies in the way they teach students, including offering bachelor's degrees for $10,000 or less.
Earlier this month, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced the launch of the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Program in response to the governor’s challenge.
This innovative program creates a low-cost, competency-based bachelor’s degree for Texas college students.
To view the TEA’s press release, please visit: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=25769809334.