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For Immediate Release: February 20, 2013

Contact: Keith Hovis, 651.582.8275 or

Commissioner Cassellius Statement on Advanced Placement Results for Minnesota’s Class of 2012

ROSEVILLE – Today, the 9th Annual AP® Report to the Nation was released by the College Board, showing that more Minnesota public high school graduates are enrolling in and passing college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams.

According to the report, 19.5 percent of U.S. public high school graduates from the class of 2012 scored a 3 or higher on an AP Exam during high school. Minnesota exceeds the national average with 19.7 percent of its graduates scoring a 3 or higher on an AP Exam.

Commissioner Cassellius released this statement regarding the results:

“Several years ago, a call went out to Minnesota schools asking them to step up their efforts to ensure their students graduate college and career ready. The Legislature provided resources and educators provided the urgency.

Today we have evidence that shows they have answered that call. These new results show more students are taking advanced placement classes; even better, they are passing the tests and earning credits. We are seeing increased success for nearly all of our students, furthering our efforts to close achievement gaps and expand access to higher education opportunities.

We know there is still much more work to do, but this report indicates we are moving in the right direction. We must continue this forward momentum, working until every student graduates with the skills they need to succeed in college, career and life.”

For more information, or to read the report, visit the College Board website.