MS students will get assistance to cover AP test costs

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi will get $54,000 to help prepare its children for college.  The money will help offset costs for low-income students who take advanced placement tests.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday it has awarded $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands as part of its efforts to boost college-and career readiness for historically underserved students.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the grants.  "We know that when students of all backgrounds are held to high expectations they excel," said Duncan. "High school instruction needs to become more rigorous to foster college and career-readiness, and provide multiple pathways to success in order to prepare students for the 21st century global economy. Advanced Placement courses are helping schools meet this challenge by developing the study skills, critical reasoning, and habits of mind that prepare students for college. These grants eliminate some of the financial roadblocks for low-income students taking Advanced Placement courses, letting them take tests with the potential of earning college credit while in high school."

The grants are used to help pay for low-income students taking approved advanced placement tests administered by the College Board, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations. By subsidizing test fees for low-income students, education leaders think the program will encourage those students to take advanced placement tests and obtain college credit for high school courses, reducing the time and cost required to complete a postsecondary degree.

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