- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - More high school students in Wisconsin are taking college Advanced Placement exams, and they are scoring better on them.

That’s according to a new report from the nonprofit College Board.

About 22 percent of the students who graduated from a Wisconsin high school last year took an AP exam and scored three or higher. That compares to 10 percent a decade ago and about 20 percent nationally.

The exams are scored on a one to five scale.

Nationally, the number of students taking AP exams has nearly doubled in the past decade. In Wisconsin, it has increased from about 11,200 in 2003 to more than 19,100 last year.

The report says students who take AP classes and exams tend to perform better in college and have higher college graduation rates.

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