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• A record number of Tennessee public school students took Advanced Placement exams and earned high scores during the 2005-2006 school year, according to data accumulated from The College Board. The number of Tennessee public school students taking AP exams increased 11.2 percent and the number of AP exams taken increased 11.9 percent since last year. Scores of three, four, or five, typically the scores required to earn college credit, increased more than 10 percent since last year.

• In 2005 6,400 undergraduate students from Tennessee received more than $22.4 million in lottery scholarships to attend a private college or university in Tennessee, according to a report by the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association.

• The Tennessee economy could gain almost $47 million by improving high school education and reducing students’ need for remediation following high school, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education. Tennessee is spending almost $20 million each year to provide community college remediation education for recent high school graduates according to the Alliance for Excellent Education in its new issue brief Paying Double: Inadequate High Schools and Community Remediation, funded by MetLife Foundation.

 

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