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Georgia high school students, teachers earn cash for AP test success

Dozens of students at Howard High School in Georgia pocketed $100 each for every Advanced Placement English, math or science exam they passed with a 3, 4 or 5 — as did their teachers, the Macon Telegraph reports. The cash incentive for success on AP tests is through a grant funded by the Northrop Grumman Corp. as part of the National Math and Science Initiative. It is intended to boost participation in AP classes. Howard is one of just 28 high schools nationwide — and the only one in Georgia — included in the grant, which is for at least $238,000 for three years, beginning with the 2011-12 academic year. At a ceremony on Monday, it was announced that the grant helped increase participation in AP courses by 173 percent and raised qualifying scores by 156 percent. The latter figure represents 21 times the national average and 12 times the average in Georgia. The Associated Press reports a total of $25,000 was awarded to 63 students

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