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Ohio gets a federal boost to help low-income students take AP tests
Former Ohio superintendent Delisle announces the grant
Story by BILL RICE

Low-income students will get help with the cost of AP exams.
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Ohio is among 40 states receiving a cut of more than $28 million in federal money to help low-income students pay for advanced placement exams. StateImpact Ohio’s Bill Rice reports.

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Students who take AP courses in high school earn college credit if they score well on the exam.  And that can reduce the time and expense of completing a college degree. 

Ohio will get nearly $350,000 this year to help defray the cost of the exams for low income families.

In a conference call, U.S. Assistant Education Secretary Debra Delisle – formerly the head of the Ohio Department of Education -- said the grants would likely defray all but about $18 of the cost of each test, which can run upwards of $100.  And Delisle said the department would work with states and localities to find ways to reduce that cost to families further. 

“We know and recognize that that $18 is still a problem, and it is a significant challenge for some people deciding whether or not to pay for a test, or to have lunch or dinner the next day,” Delisle said.  “It’s really a critical one, and one that we don’t want our students face.”

Over 10 years, the number of kids each year from low-income families taking an AP exam rose nearly six-fold, from about 550 in 2003 to nearly 3,000 in 2013. 

The exams are administered each May. Those earning a three or higher out of five points can earn credit at any of Ohio’s public colleges or universities.

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