Mason is among six Southwest Ohio school districts to be named to the third annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll by the College Board.
The greater Cincinnati districts are among 37 districts in Ohio and 539 across the United States and Canada to earn the honor. Districts winning a spot on the honor roll increased access to AP courses while increasing the percentage of students earning a score of three or higher on a five-point scale and whose percentage of minority students taking the exam either increased or remained the same.
Colleges typically grant credit to high school students scoring a three or higher on the exams.
The number of AP tests taken by Ohio public high school students grew 6.7 percent last year and 35.6 percent during the past five years according to date released by the College Board.
Those students scoring high enough to qualify for college credit grew by 9.2 percent last year and 43.2 percent in the past years.
African American students passing the exams grew by 24.4 percent last year and 61.6 percent in the last five years, according to the College Board.
The greater Cincinnati districts to make this year’s honor roll were: Indian Hill and Madeira in Hamilton County; Lakota and Talawanda, in Butler County; Milford, in Clermont County; and Mason, in Warren County.
“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,” said Michael Sawyers, Ohio’s acting superintendent of public Instruction said.
“Earning college credit while still in high school gives students a head start when they enroll in college.”
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