Northshore School District has been named to the Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll for the third consecutive year. Northshore is one of 539 public school districts in the United States and Canada being named a 2012-13 AP Honor Roll by the College Board and one of seven school districts in the state to receive this honor in multiple years.
Over the past five years, the number of Northshore students who took AP exams has more than doubled to 963, with a total of 1,611 tests completed. Of the students who took AP exams, 71.7% earned a 3 or higher on the test. The majority of U.S. colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for a score of 3 or above on AP exams. This translates into tens of thousands of dollars saved by Northshore families on college tuition. More importantly, many more students are better prepared for the rigors of college level work through their participation in AP courses in high schools.
The AP District Honor Roll was started by the College Board, the parent organization for AP, three years ago. Inclusion on the list is based on the following criteria:
- Examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012;
- Increase in participation in/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;
- The percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska native students taking AP exams must not decrease more than 5 percent for large and medium districts and 10 percent for small districts; and
- Performance levels must be maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams in 2012 with a score of 3 or higher to those in 2010, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
Visit the Northshore School District Web site, www.nsd.org, for more information.