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Nearly twice as many Wisconsin high schoolers taking AP exams

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Almost twice as many Wisconsin high school students are taking college Advanced Placement exams than 10 years ago -- and they're scoring better.

The College Board said 22 percent of last year's Wisconsin high school grads took an AP exam and scored at least three or higher on a five-point scale. That's two percent higher than the national average -- and it's more than double the state's AP achievement rate of 10 percent in 2003.

The College Board said over 19,000 of Wisconsin's college-bound students took Advanced Placement exams last year. That's up from 11,000 a decade before.

The College Board says students who take AP classes and tests often perform better in college -- and they're more likely to get degrees.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)