Low-income students in Mississippi will be able to use federal dollars to take advanced placement tests.
The U-S Department of Education has announced a nearly $190,000 grant to help boost college and career readiness for historically underserved students.
Students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program in Mississippi will be able to use some of the grant money to take advanced placement tests.
The exams are given at the end of an Advanced Placement course. If students pass the 90 dollar test, they receive college credit. Last year, approximately 2,000 students in Mississippi used the federal money to take the exam.
“We’re trying to make sure that when students leave high school they’ve met college and career readiness standards so that when they enter post-secondary they enter without having to have remediation,” says Jean Massey with the state Department of Education. “We know that students who go through advanced placement classes they are more likely, not only to be ready for college but to complete college.”
Mississippi is one of 41 states and Washington, D.C. to receive the federal grant.