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Tahoma honored again for students’ participation in AP program

Tahoma is among 17 school districts in Washington state honored for continued growth of the College Board’s Advanced Placement program for high school students.

It is the second consecutive year that Tahoma has been named to the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll.

Since 2010, Tahoma has increased the number of students participating in AP by 27 percent while improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher by 4 percent.

More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the United States offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or above on an AP Exam, which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

According to information from the College Board, inclusion on the Third Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 1010 to 1012, for the following criteria that districts must follow:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts
  • Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts
  • Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

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.

 

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