LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Department of Education is getting nearly $640,000 from the federal government to help low-income students take Advanced Placement and other exams.
The funding announced this week by the U.S. Education Department is part of broader efforts to boost college and career readiness. Michigan's funding will help defray the costs of low-income students taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.
By subsidizing test fees for low-income students, the program is intended to encourage students to take Advanced Placement tests and get college credit for high school courses. Officials hope that will cut the time and cost required to complete a post-secondary degree.