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Nevada ranks above average in Advanced Placement testing, but still last in education

Posted at 6:53 PM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-25 00:08:14-05

A new report by the College Board ranks Nevada students above average when it come to Advanced Placement test scores. 

In the report, 22.5 percent of students across the state passed the AP tests, which honors them with college credit. 

"I hold several after-school review sessions and a Saturday practice test," said Jamie Lower, a teacher at Clark High School. 

Lower said she's apart of a collaboration of teachers working together to prepare Clark High School's students for these tests. The school leads the Clark County School District when it comes to passing percentage. 

Guy Tannenbaum is one of the students helping put Nevada on the educational map. 

"I take four AP classes," Tannenbaum told 13 Action News. 

According to CCSD, 26.3 percent of the 2016 class passed their AP exams, which is 4.4 points higher than the national average. 

The report is good news when other studies have placed Nevada next to last in overall education.

CCSD said they are trying to bridge the gap between AP students and others by adding more courses, including a computer science class that will be available in all schools next year.

Although Clark High School is a magnet school, Lower said they have added an honors program for zoned students. 

Lower also suggest more teachers motivate their students about school before they get into high school. 

"I want them to be successful I want them to love coming to school," Lower said. 

CCSD also said the student drop-out rate has decreased by 15 percent in the last 5 years.