Thirty-three Massachusetts school districts were named to the College Board's 2013 AP District Honor Roll for expanding access to Advanced Placement curriculum and maintaining or improving the percentage of students scoring 3 or higher, state education officials announced Wednesday.
Massachusetts had the fifth most number of school districts earning a spot on the honor roll, according to the College Board. Pennsylvania had the most districts recognized with 40.
"Massachusetts teachers continue to help pave the way for the Commonwealths successes in education, said Education Secretary Matthew Malone in a statement.
"Each of our districts honored today, along with many more across the Commonwealth, are providing students with a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for success in college and careers," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester.
The College Board bases inclusion on the AP District Honor Roll according to the following criteria:
1. Increased access to AP courses by at least 4 percent in large districts, 6 percent in medium districts and 11 precent 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 percent for large and medium districts and 10 percent for small districts.
3. Performance levels were maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams scoring 3 or higher from 2011 to 2013.
The following Massachusetts school districts were named to the 2013 AP Honor Roll -- a (1) means the district has achieved the honor for multiple years, and a (2) means the district has 30 percent or greater enrollment of students who qualify for free/reduced lunch:
Arlington Public Schools (1)
Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District
Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District (1)
Diocese of Fall River
Dudley-Charlton Regional School District
Franklin Public Schools (1)
Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District
Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District (1)
Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District (1)
Hampshire Regional School District
Hanover Public Schools
Hingham Public Schools
Hopedale Public Schools
King Philip Regional School District (1)
Leominster Public Schools
Ludlow Public Schools
Medfield Public Schools (1)
Medway Public Schools (1)
Monomoy Regional School District
Needham Public Schools (1)
Newton Public Schools
North Attleboro Public Schools (1)
North Middlesex Public Schools (1)
Northbridge Public Schools
Norwood Public Schools
Plymouth Public Schools
Swampscott Public Schools
Triton Public Schools
Wachusett Regional School District (1)
Waltham Public Schools (1)
Webster Public Schools (2)
Westford Public Schools
Whitman-Hanson Regional School District
AP is a rigorous academic program that offers more than 30 courses in a wide range of subjects and college-level assessments. According to the College Board, a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam represents the score point that is predictive of college success and college graduation.