The number of low-income students taking Advanced Placement courses around the nation has more than quadrupled in the last decade, according to the College Board. But a study shows West Virginia is still behind when it comes to making sure low-income students have access to these rigorous classes.
In West Virginia, nearly 52 percent of students receive free or reduced lunches — an indication of poverty — but such students make up only 16 percent of exam-takers.
States with similar percentages of low-income students have more who take AP Exams.
Raleigh County Assistant Superintendent Kenny Moles said individual school size and teachers' willingness to go through AP training play huge roles in what courses are taught.
Students can take AP courses online in West Virginia, but being self-paced is often more difficult than a traditional classroom setting, he said.