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Forum News Service, Published February 13 2014

More Minnesota students taking advanced placement exams

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – More Minnesota high school students taking rigorous advanced placement courses than ever, and passing exams that allow them to get college credit without paying for college.

State education officials say a new report released by the College Board shows that trend is paying off academically and financially.

Last year, the College Board reported, Minnesota high school students earned 126,093 free college credits by passing advanced placement exams. The state Education Department said that saved students and their families nearly $44 million that they did not have to pay colleges to earn credits.

"Our students are not only challenging themselves and proving that they are ready for college and career, they are also earning a college credit, which means substantial cost savings as they make the transition to postsecondary education," State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said.