STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS - MORNING EDITION - THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2014
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
REPORT: MORE MASS. STUDENTS TAKING, SUCCEEDING ON AP EXAMS
More Massachusetts public high school students are taking Advanced Placement exams than ever before and their rate of success on the exams is also at its highest level, according to data released by the state on Tuesday. Almost 28 percent of public high school graduates in 2013 scored a 3 or higher - predictive of college success and graduation - on at least one AP exam during high school, according to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which sourced the information to College Board results. The exams, which analysts say provide a barometer for critical thinking skills, are also being taken by more Massachusetts students - the department reported that the number of graduates leaving high school having taken an AP exam increased from 13,051 in 2003, to 18,326 in 2008, to 22,808 in 2012, to 24,610 in 2013. Three states registered a higher percentage than Massachusetts of 2013 graduates scoring a 3 or higher on an AP exam - Maryland (29.6 percent), Connecticut (28.8 percent), and Virginia (28.3 percent). - M. Norton/SHNS
MASS. MEDIAN HOME SALE PRICE UP 14 PERCENT OVER JANUARY 2013
The number of single-family homes in Massachusetts placed under sales agreements during January was up 1.