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Morning Read: Maryland Tops Nation In Number Of Students Who Passed An AP Exam

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    Maryland had the highest percentage of students pass an Advanced Placement test in 2012 of any other state in the nation. This is the seventh straight year the state has topped the list.

    Among seniors in the class of 2012, 29.6 percent passed an AP exam - a slight increase from 27.9 percent in 2011.

    Also, 11.4 percent of black students in Maryland who took an AP exam passed. That percentage is one of the highest in the nation. D.C. had the largest proportion of black students taking the test (65.9 percent of test takers in the District were black students) and the highest percentage of black students who passed. (41.9 percent passed)

    But overall, the District placed near the bottom of the list, with only 9.9 percent of seniors passing an AP exam.

    Virginia fared well overall, ranking fifth in the nation with 27.2 percent of seniors passing AP exams.

    Read College Board's full report here.

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