The Ohio Department of Education on Tuesday commended the Hudson City School District and 36 other Ohio schools for earning spots on the third annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advance Placement courses, while at the same time increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams, according to a press release from the Ohio Department of Education.
"I commend our schools for actively helping to raise awareness of Advanced Placement courses and exams and commend Ohio students for taking advantage of the opportunity that has been afforded to them," Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers said. "Earning college credit while still in high school gives students a head start when they enroll in college."
Since 2010, Hudson High School has increased the number of students participating in AP from 386 to 556.
Hudson High School offers 23 AP courses of study.
"Last year, 83 percent of Hudson students taking the AP exams earned a 3 or higher, and 85 seniors earned AP Scholar with Distinction, taking five exams with an average of at least 3.5," said Hudson High School Principal Brian Wilch in November. "We administered 1,570 tests, well above our projected goal to reach 1,500 this year."
Inclusion on the third annual AP District Honor Roll is based on AP data from 2010 to 2012, including increased participation and access to APs, assurance that the percentage of minority students taking AP exams did not substantially decrease, and improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring 3 or higher to those in 2010.
A total of 539 school districts across the U.S. and Canada were recognized by the College Board, which administers the AP program.
The award shows Hudson Schools is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work, according to the press release.
More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam -- which potentially can save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition, the ODE reports.
To be included on the AP Honor Roll, a district must increase participation and access to AP courses, ensure that the percentage of minority students taking AP exams did not decrease, and improve performance levels of students scoring a 3 or higher over the past three school years.
Other Northeast Ohio school districts named to the AP Honor Roll are:
Amherst Exempted Village Schools (Cuyahoga);
Aurora City School District (Portage);
Berea City School District (Cuyahoga);
Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District (Cuyahoga);
Brunswick City Schools (Medina);
Copley-Fairlawn City Schools (Summit);
Dover City Schools (Tuscarawas);
Highland Local Schools (Medina);
Hubbard Exempted Village School District (Trumbull);
Lake Local School District (Stark);
Mayfield City Schools (Cuyahoga);
Olmsted Falls City Schools (Cuyahoga);
Pymatuning Valley School District (Ashtabula);
Revere Local Schools (Summit);
Riverside Local Schools (Lake); and
Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools (Summit).