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Maryland Public High Schools Ahead In 2012 AP Tests

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Maryland public high schools students had the highest success rate on Advanced Placement tests in 2012.

Maryland public high school students had the highest success rate on Advanced Placement tests in 2012, according to latest figures released by the College Board, reports the Associated Press.

Virginia came in fifth, behind New York, Massachusetts and Florida. The previous year, Virginia students had the third highest success rate on the tests, which help students prepare for college and can lead to college credit.

In Maryland, 29.6 percent of public high school students received a score of 3 or higher. The figure for Virginia was 27.2 percent. In the District, 9.9 percent of students got a 3 or higher.

Students who score a 3 or higher on the 5-point scale exam are eligible to receive college credit for their work, or get advanced placement at most colleges and universities.

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