Arkansas Reports 108 Percent Increase in Students Taking Advance Placement Exams

AUGUST 2, 2005 - Posted at 4:20 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Department of Education said today that the number of Arkansas students taking Advanced Placement exams this year has increased 108 percent over 2004.

The department said that's the largest increase any state has seen in a single year in the College Board's 50-year history in the A.P. exam.  The department attributed the increase to a new state law that requires A.P. courses in English, math, science and social studies be available in all Arkansas high schools by the 2008-2009 school year.

Statistics show that 13,883 Arkansas students took 23,014 exams in 2005 compared to 6,674 students taking 11,112 exams last year.

Governor Huckabee lauded the results, saying it proves education reforms are working.  The president of the College Board, which administers the exam, commended Arkansas for its efforts and Ken James, head of the state education department, said Arkansas students are on the right road because taking an A.P. exam is a predictor of later success.

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