POTTSTOWN PA – Pottsgrove High School is one of only three high schools in Montgomery County, and of 43 across the state, that has been designated as an Advanced Placement (AP) National Honor Roll School District by the College Board.
The special distinction, announced Tuesday (Nov. 24, 2015), recognized the district for increases in the number of AP courses it offers, as well as for the number of students who earn higher scores on AP exams.
AP courses are roughly equivalent to undergraduate college courses. After completing an AP class, students typically take the related exam in that subject. Those who do well can earn credits and accelerated placement when attending college.
Pottsgrove administrators were delighted by the news. “Our teachers and students have been working so hard to achieve success and we are very proud of this national recognition of our accomplishments,” Principal Dr. Bill Ziegler said.
“We certainly believe the strengths of our school district reach much deeper than test scores or state rating systems,” Pottsgrove Superintendent Shellie Feola added, “but certainly this is one important indication of our progress. We’d like everyone to join in thanking our students, teachers, and parents for all of their efforts. This is something to celebrate.”
A total of 425 districts across the U.S. and Canada were acknowledged by the College Board, which administers the AP program. It’s the first time Pottsgrove has been listed as a designate since 2010, when the honors were initially distributed.
Inclusion on the sixth annual AP honor roll is based on the examination of three years of data, from 2013 to 2015 district Director of Technology and Communications Michael Wagman said. During that period, he noted, Pottsgrove:
- Saw a 28.2-percent increase in its total number of AP students since 2013;
- Administered 56.5 percent more AP exams in 2015;
- Enjoyed a 65.21-percent increase in students who scored 3 or higher on an AP exam. AP scores range from a high of 5 (“extremely well qualified” in the subject matter being tested) to a low of 1 (“no recommendation”);
- Almost tripled the number of “AP Scholars” since 2013. AP Scholars are students who score a 3 or higher on three AP exams, with an average score of 3.5 during their high school career; and
- Can boast that during 2015 its enrollment include one “AP National AP Scholar” who scored a 4 or higher on at least eight exams.
The district has also provided professional development to teachers instructing AP courses, helping to increase the number of students scoring a 3 or higher, Wagman said.
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