The Howard County Public School System was one of 477 school districts nationwide named to the fourth annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board, school officials announced last week.
The honor roll recognizes districts that, according to a news release from the school system, “have opened (Advanced Placement) classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students” earning passing grades on AP exams.
Since 2012, the school system has increased the number of students taking AP courses by 3.6 percent, and the number of students passing AP tests has increased 2.2 percent, according to the school system. More than 64 percent of the class of 2013 took at least one AP course; more than 50 percent took at least one AP exam and more than 84 percent of those who took an exam passed.
A passing grade on a AP exam is three or higher. A passing score is accepted by many colleges and universities for college credit.
“This recognition is wonderful news for our hard-working students and staff,” Superintendent Renee Foose said in the release. “It is a tribute to the outstanding work of our high school teachers and students, and reaffirms our emphasis on encouraging students to pursue rigorous course work in high school.”