Mason Schools Make AP Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Performance, Access
Mason High School has done it again. The Mason City School District is one of 539 districts nationally being honored by the College Board with placement on the 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement® course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
From 2010 to 2012, Mason increased the number of students participating in AP from 529 to 705, while increasing the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher (the score typically needed to earn college credit) from 85% in 2010 to 89% in 2012. Earning a score of 3 or higher can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
“It is a great accomplishment for our high school to make the AP Honor Roll once again," said Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, Mason City Schools Superintendent. “We have outstanding teachers to lead these rigorous classes, and hard-working students who meet the challenge.”
Achieving increased access and student performance 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.
“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,” said College Board President, David Coleman.
Among Mason’s 20 AP courses are biology, chemistry, calculus, Chinese, computer science, European history, language and composition, literature, French, music theory, physics, psychology, Spanish, statistics, studio art, US history, and US government.
Thirty-seven Ohio school districts made the AP Honor Roll. The complete 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.
What are the Qualifications for Distinction?
School Districts must:
· Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;
· Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts;
· Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unlessthe district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
About William Mason High School
MHS students lead and learn through 20 AP courses, dual college-credit options, blended online learning opportunities, five world language offerings (including Mandarin) a student-run bank, a student-run store, a student-run website, a student-run newspaper and TV station, community service, 80 school-sanctioned extra-curriculars, 17 athletic teams, and award-winning band, orchestra, arts, choral and drama programs.
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About the Advanced Placement Program®
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both — while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue — skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them, and research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students. Each AP teacher’s syllabus is evaluated and approved by faculty from some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States grant credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores — more than 3,600 institutions worldwide annually receive AP scores. In the last decade, participation in the AP Program has more than doubled and graduates succeeding on AP Exams have nearly doubled. In May 2012, 2.1 million students representing more than 18,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took 3.7 million AP Exams.