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Six WMass. School Districts Honored on AP Honor Roll

MALDEN, Mass. (WGGB) – Almost four dozen school districts across the state, including six in western Mass., have been named to the College Board’s 2012 AP District Honor Roll.

The honor roll compiled by the College Board to recognize school districts that expand access to Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum and helps maintain or improve the percent of students that score 3 or higher.

“I congratulate these school districts for their efforts to expand access to, and success in, coursework that signals readiness for a college level curriculum. In Massachusetts, we are encouraging our schools to upgrade their program of study so that all students are ready for success beyond high school. The Commonwealth’s status of being the state with the most AP honor roll awardees is evidence of progress toward this goal,” says Mass. Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester.

539 districts nationwide made the honor roll this year, with Massachusetts having more districts on the list than any other state in the country.

According to the state, The AP curriculum is a “rigorous academic program that offers more than 30 courses in a wide range of subjects and college-level assessments.” It is developed and scored by college-level faculty members and other AP teachers.

The College Board reports that a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam shows “the score point that is predictive of college success and college graduation.”

To be on the honor roll, a school district must meet the following criteria:

    1. Increased access to AP courses by: At least 4% in large districts, At least 6% in medium districts, At least 11% in small districts
    2. The percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP exams must not have decreased more than 5% for large and medium districts and 10% for small districts.
    3. Performance levels were maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams scoring 3 or higher from 2010 to 2012.

Six districts locally were part of this year’s list:

  • Amherst Regional Public Schools
  • Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District
  • South Hadley Public Schools
  • Southwick-Tolland Regional School District
  • Tantasqua Regional School District
  • Westfield Public Schools

Other school districts making the list include:

  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Ashland Public Schools
  • Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational School District
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Braintree Public Schools
  • Carver Public Schools
  • Chelmsford Public Schools
  • Chelsea Public Schools
  • Danvers Public Schools
  • Dighton Rehoboth Regional School District
  • Fairhaven Public Schools
  • Franklin Public School District
  • Groton-Dunstable Regional School District
  • Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District
  • King Phillip Regional School District
  • Leicester Public Schools
  • Littleton Public Schools
  • Lunenburg Public Schools
  • Mansfield Public Schools
  • Marblehead Public Schools
  • Medfield Public Schools
  • Medway Public Schools
  • Middleborough Public Schools
  • Natick Public Schools
  • Nauset Public Schools
  • North Attleborough Public Schools
  • Norton Public Schools
  • Pembroke Public Schools
  • Reading Public Schools
  • Revere Public Schools
  • Sandwich Public Schools
  • Scituate Public Schools
  • Seekonk Public Schools
  • Silver Lake Regional School District
  • Stoneham Public Schools
  • Uxbridge Public Schools
  • Wachusett Regional School District
  • Wakefield Public Schools
  • Waltham Public Schools
  • Weymouth Public Schools