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Maryland slips to second in passing AP scores for the first time in a decade

Maryland slips to second in passing AP scores for the first time in a decade

Maryland's decade-long reign as the state with the greatest percentage of students to pass an Advanced Placement test has come to an end.

The state placed second in the nation, with 30.4 percent of high school seniors passing the rigorous exams last year. Massachusetts finished first, with 31 percent of seniors earning a score of three or better, the threshold for many colleges to award credit.

AP tests are scored on a scale of one to five; a score of three or higher is considered passing.

The nonprofit College Board released the annual test results Wednesday. In Maryland, the number of students who passed exams slipped from 31.7 percent in both 2015 and...

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