For the second year in a row, the Greeneville City Schools/Greeneville High School have been named to the College Board's Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll, the College Board announced Monday.
Greeneville Director of Schools Dr. Linda Stroud was notified of the honor in a letter by Janet Swandol, Senior Educational Manager, K-12, The College Board.
An accompanying news release from the College Board stated that only 539 school districts across 44 of 50 states in the U.S., plus six Canadian provinces, achieved placement on the 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll.
Only four school districts in Tennessee met the criteria to be placed on the AP Honor Roll this year, Swandol told Stroud in the letter of notification.
In order to qualify, a school district must increase access to Advanced Placement® course work while at the same time increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
"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," the news release states.
More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both to students for a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam -- which can potentially save the students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
"We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in these 539 districts, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing," the news release quoted College Board President David Coleman.
"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."
Inclusion on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012, for the following criteria:
School districts must:
1) 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;
2) 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;
3) improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.