LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County School District, the fifth-largest in the nation, will begin covering student fees for Advanced Placement exams.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday that the metro Las Vegas school district officials announced it will pay the $100 cost to take an AP test.
The money will come from federal grants.
High school students enrolled in an AP class must pass an exam to receive college credit.
The district has been actively recruiting more students to consider AP classes.
District officials say only 79% of enrolled students actually took the test last year—below their expected target.
However, those who passed the exam potentially saved an estimated $6 million in college tuition in Nevada.
Jennifer Lile, a district college and career readiness coordinator, says the exam fee should not be a barrier to low-income students who want to take AP classes. It will hopefully encourage under-represented students who lack support at home to enroll.
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