TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey high school students who take Advanced Placement exams score among the nation’s highest.
But a new report finds that low-income students often do not take the tests.
The College Board, which administers the test, says that nearly a quarter of New Jersey students who graduated from high school in 2013 scored well enough to receive college credit. That rate puts the state in the nation’s top 10.
While students as a whole are taking the tests more often, low-income and minority students take them less often than others.
The study finds nearly one in three New Jersey graduates last year was from a low-income family. But low-income students made up about one-seventh of the test takers.