Maryland #1 In AP Grads

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Victory.

For the first time, Maryland ranks top in the nation for the share of high school graduates who passed at least one Advanced Placement test.

The College Board reported yesterday that 23.4 percent of Maryland students in the Class of 2008 earned passing scores on one or more AP exams, which cover material comparable to what is taught in a first-year college course. The state edged New York, the home base of the nonprofit test publisher, to post the highest such rate in the AP program. Virginia was third, with 21.3 percent of graduating students having passed an AP test.