- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is second in the country in the percentage of its public high school graduates passing Advanced Placement exams.

A College Board report released Tuesday says 28.8 percent of graduates in Connecticut scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam. Maryland led the country with 29.6 percent.

AP exams, which started in the 1950s, offer a way for students to earn college credit while still in high school and are offered in 34 different subjects.

The report looking at AP access says nationwide over the past decade the number of students who graduated from high school having taken AP courses has nearly doubled and the number of low income students taking AP has more than quadrupled.

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