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The Education Desk is our education blog focusing on key areas of news coverage important to the state and its improvement. Evidence of public policy performance and impact will be reported and analyzed. We encourage you to engage in commenting and discussing the coverage of education from pre-natal to Higher Ed.Dusty Rhodes curates this blog that will provide follow-up to full-length stories, links to other reports of interest, statistics, and conversations with you about the issues and stories.About - Additional Education Coverage00000179-2419-d250-a579-e41d385d0000

Students Take Government Class To The Next Level

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There's good news for high school students taking advanced placement courses: Thanks to a new law, they'll get more credit for passing AP tests than before.

 

Advanced placement courses end with a College Board test, and a score of 3 is a passing grade. Universities in nearby states automatically grant credit for those scores, but many Illinois colleges require higher AP test scores of 4 or 5. Representative Mark Batinick, a Plainfield Republican, says that contributes to Illinois' brain drain.

"We have a net out-migration of 16,500 higher-ed students per year. So we're losing the equivalent of two Eastern Illinois Universities annually," Batinick says. "When a student can go off to college with 15, even 20 or more credits, it's very attractive, as opposed to having to spend more time at an Illinois state school, re-taking courses that they've already proven they're proficient in." 

A new law co-sponsored by Batinick requires Illinois public colleges and universities to award credit for AP scores of 3 or above. It takes effect next year.  

After a long career in newspapers (Dallas Observer, The Dallas Morning News, Anchorage Daily News, Illinois Times), Dusty returned to school to get a master's degree in multimedia journalism. She began work as Education Desk reporter at NPR Illinois in September 2014.
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