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DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA -

More Georgia high school seniors are passing advanced placement exams.

A national report shows 21.3% of Georgia's seniors scored a 3 or higher.  That's up from last year and higher than the U-S average of 20.1%.

Dougherty County education leaders say the new statewide curriculum could be helping.

"Students are having to not just answer multiple choice questions anymore. But they're having to think through the process, the explanation and I think because of that rigor they're realizing they can take those AP classes and be successful," said Renee Bridges, the DCSS Testing Coordinator.

However, the number of Dougherty County students taking AP exams are down because of the lack of finances. 

223 students took an AP exam in 2013, compared to 508 the year before.

Students who classify as economically disadvantaged receive some help from the state. "We've been able to in the past, provide some assistance with at least one of those exams.  The state has come out this year that they're still going to pay for one exam and you will have the reduced fee waiver for other additional exams," said Bridges.  "For those students who are not classified as economically disadvantaged, they're going to have to pay the money up front in order to take the AP exam and it is costly."

 

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