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Four District Schools Named AP Honor Schools
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Four District Schools Named AP Honor Schools

On Wednesday, February 20, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) named four District schools Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools.

Central, Howard and Westside High Schools were named AP STEM Schools and Northeast High School was named an AP Challenge School.

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP classes offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.

Also on Wednesday, the GaDOE announced Georgia has moved up to 12th in the nation in the percentage of seniors scoring a 3 or higher – a passing score – on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, according to The College Board's AP Report to the Nation. Georgia ranked 13th in the nation last year.

“Georgia’s students continue to outperform most of their peers throughout the country on Advanced Placement exams,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "These results show that Georgia’s students can compete against any students in the nation. Just as SAT results get everyone’s attention, I think the performance of our students on Advanced Placement exams deserves the same attention."

The 2013 AP Honor Schools are named in five categories, based on the results of 2012 AP classes and exams. Definitions for the five categories are as follows:

  • AP Challenge Schools: Schools of 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies).
  • AP Access and Support Schools: Schools with at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
  • AP Merit Schools: Schools with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
  • AP STEM Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science).
  • AP STEM Achievement Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
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