PROVIDENCE, RI – High school students in Barrington and Exeter-West Greenwich have Rhode Island's highest passing rates on Advanced Placement exams. Almost 90 percent of students passed their tests in those schools during the last academic year, according to the Rhode Island Department of Education. Results across the state are more mixed: at most high schools in Providence, less than one percent passed their AP exams. Test-takers at some schools in Pawtucket, North Providence and Smithfield were so few as to be statistically insignificant. The state Department of Education has received a $75,000 grant to expand AP offerings at persistently low-achieving schools.
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