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BCS Named to College Board's AP District Honor Roll

posted Oct 3, 2016, 5:46 AM by Chris Whitehorne   [ updated Oct 3, 2016, 5:46 AM ]
For the second consecutive year, Blount County Schools has been named to the College Board's AP District Honor Roll.

The College Board named 547 districts in the U.S. and Canada to its Fifth Annual AP District Honor Roll. It recognized eight school districts in Tennessee.

The AP District Honor Roll recognizes school districts for increasing access to AP (Advanced Placement) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP.

In November 2013, Blount County Schools and Maryville City Schools were named to the College Board's Fourth Annual AP District Honor Roll. The College Board recognized five school districts in Tennessee, and Blount County Schools was the only one to be named to this year's list.

"It's a real tribute to our teachers, administrators and students," said Blount County Director of Schools Rob Britt. "We continue to expand our total AP courses, and students have responded favorably. They're taking AP courses and performing well on AP Exams. Our collective efforts have led to us earning this recognition for the second consecutive year."

The district's emphasis on AP courses is part of an overall emphasis on rigor and relevance, Britt said. "They're bolstering our college and career readiness initiative and increasing the rigor in our system. I'm exceedingly proud of our teachers and students, their efforts and their accomplishments."

Selection criteria

The College Board examined three years worth of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, paying attention to the following criteria:

• increased 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;

• increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students;

• and improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

The other selected Tennessee districts were: Dickson County Schools, Kingsport City Schools, Milan Special School District, Robertson County Schools, Sevier County Schools, Union City Schools and Williamson County Schools.

Matthew Stewart-The Daily Times