House education proposal would pay for AP tests
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RALEIGH – A proposal has been advanced by the House Education Committee in the General Assembly that aims at getting more kids to take advanced placement exams in high school.
These tests are often accepted by colleges and universities in exchange for college course credit. The proposal is aimed after a program that has proven results in Florida, where there has been a significant increase in the number of African-American and Latino kids who have taken advantage of this opportunity.
“We would pay the cost for the AP exam for the students taking it, so we would remove that barrier. We would also offer a bonus to AP teachers of $50 dollars for each of their students who not only took the AP course, but ended up scoring a three or highers,” said Rep. Hugh Blackwell, R-Burke.
Some questioned if this bill unfairly gives bonuses to only a select group of teachers who teach AP courses, and if it necessary for the state to pick up the tab for students who can afford to pay for these tests on their own.