September 25, 2013 5:38 PM

Missouri education commissioner urges more students to take advanced placement courses

More Missouri high school students need to take advanced placement courses and pass the tests to earn college credit, state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said Wednesday. Missouri ranks 48th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in the percentage of students in the class of 2012 who scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam.

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