Missouri House panel considers grants for high test scores

JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri high school students who score well on college-level math and science exams might get more help to pay for a college education.

A bill considered today by the House Higher Education Committee would give one-time $500 grants to high school seniors who score a three or higher on at least two Advanced Placement exams in math or science. The students would have to eligible for aid from the Access Missouri or A+ scholarship programs to get the grant.

State analysts say about 162 students statewide would qualify for the grants.

Gov. Jay Nixon called for the grants in his State of the State address last month. Education officials support the bill. They say the grants will encourage more students to take the tests and get better scores.