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Mississippi Receives Grant to Help Students Take Advanced Placement Tests

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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Mississippi Department of Education $189,781 in Advanced Placement grants as part of its efforts to boost college- and career-readiness for historically underserved students.

The grants are used to help pay for students from low-income families taking approved advanced placement tests administered by the College Board, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations. By subsidizing test fees, the program encourages all students to take advanced placement tests and obtain college credit for high school courses, reducing the time and cost required to complete a postsecondary degree.

“These grants help create equitable access to opportunities to earn college credit while in high school,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “There is no limit to what students can achieve when financial barriers are removed and students are given the opportunity to excel.”

Based on the anticipated number of tests to be taken, the grants under the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program are expected to be sufficient to pay all but $15 of the cost of each advanced placement test taken by low-income students.

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