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Advanced placement program continues to grow across state

MADISON, Wis. - The Advanced Placement program saw another increase in participation over the 2015-16 school year, officials said.

Nationally, 2.3 million public school students took just over 4 million AP exams in 38 subjects, which is a 5.3 percent increase in student participation, according to a release. Wisconsin saw a 6.5 percent jump with 2,457 more students taking AP exams last year.

Officials said Wisconsin has experienced steady growth in the AP program over the years and dramatic growth from 20 years ago.

"We have seen a generational shift in expectations for high school graduates," State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release. "Students who wanted to go on to college have always been encouraged to take a rigorous, preparatory curriculum. However, today's students are expected to graduate with some college-level experience through the AP program or opportunities offered in partnerships or with our technical colleges and private colleges and universities."

Wisconsin public school students took 68,316 AP exams in May 2016 and earned scores of three or higher on 65.5 percent of those exams, according to the release. Nationally, public school students took 2,268,277 AP exams, earning scores of three or higher on 55.9 percent of exams.

Officials said while most groups in Wisconsin had better AP performance than national numbers, disparities in achievement by race and ethnicity remain.

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