Danvers schools have received recognition from the College Board for making significant strides in Advanced Placement (AP) access for students, and student performance in AP classes, Danvers school officials announced on Tuesday.
Over the past three years, the Danvers school district has increased the number of students participating in AP from 161 to 223 while also enabling more than 70 percent of AP students to earn at least one score of 3 or higher. The result is Danvers landing on the College Board's third annual AP District Honor Roll, along with 539 other school districts across the nation.
A score of 3 or higher on an AP exam is significant, according to the College Board - a non-profit company founded over 100 years ago to help expand access to higher education - because more than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for students still in high school who achieve qualifying scores.
"Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district's AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work," College Board officials said in a statement.
One of the benefits, according to the College Board, is the potential for AP students to save thousands of dollars on tuition for post-secondary education.
Danvers Superintendent Dr. Lisa Dana was not immediately available for comment.
"We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in this district, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing. These educators have not only expanded student access to AP course work, but they have enabled more of their students to achieve on a college level, which is helping to create a strong college-going culture," College Board President David Coleman said in a statement.
A complete list of district's to make the AP Honor Roll can be found here.
The College Board, founded in 1900, is an association of over 6,000 of the world's leading educational institutions that is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
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