Kentucky to pay AP testing fees for low-income students

Published: Dec. 17, 2016 at 11:15 AM EST
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The Kentucky Department of Education will spend up to $800,000 to pay for low-income students to take Advanced Placement tests.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the money will cover testing fees for students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt announced the funding on Friday.

State law requires the Kentucky Department of Education to cover the costs of the tests, but money has not been available. State officials have used federal grants in the past, but a new federal law eliminated that funding. It cost $53 to take the tests that allow students to earn college credit.

The newspaper reported more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP test scores for college credit in 2016.