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5 Central Ohio School Districts Earn AP Honor Roll Status

Release date: 12/18/2012

A total of 539 school districts across the U.S. and Canada are being recognized by the College Board, which administers the AP program. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam — which potentially can save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

According to data released today by The College Board, the number of Advanced Placement tests taken by Ohio public high school students grew by 6.7 percent last year and 35.6 percent during the past five years. The number of students earning scores high enough to qualify for college credit grew by 9.2 percent last year and 43.2 percent in the past five years.

The number of African American students passing AP tests grew by 24.4 percent last year and 61.6 percent in the last five years. Growing minority participation is a key goal.

“I commend our schools for actively helping to raise awareness of Advanced Placement courses and exams and commend Ohio students for taking advantage of the opportunity that has been afforded to them,” Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers said. “Earning college credit while still in high school gives students a head start when they enroll in college.”

To be included on the AP Honor Roll, a district must increase participation and access to AP courses, ensure that the percentage of minority students taking AP exams did not decrease, and improve performance levels of students scoring a 3 or higher over the past three school years.

Central Ohio school districts named to the AP Honor Roll are:

  • Hilliard City Schools (Franklin);
  • Licking Valley Local School District (Licking);
  • Marysville Exempted Village School District (Union);
  • Southwest Licking Local School District (Licking); and
  • Wheelersburg Local School District (Scioto).
  • Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to expand access and improve student performance simultaneously.

    The complete 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.

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    About the Advanced Placement Program®

    The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both — while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue — skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them, and research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students. Each AP teacher’s syllabus is evaluated and approved by faculty from some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States grant credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores — more than 3,600 institutions worldwide annually receive AP scores. In the last decade, participation in the AP Program has more than doubled and graduates succeeding on AP Exams have nearly doubled. In May 2012, 2.1 million students representing more than 18,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took 3.7 million AP Exams.

    About the College Board

    The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org.