BY BTL STAFF
SAUGATUCK – Saugatuck Public Schools has been named to College Board’s seventh annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll, according to a Holland Sentinel report.
Saugatuck is one of 23 districts in Michigan to make the honor roll, and one of 433 school districts across the U.S. and Canada.
“These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and Instruction.
To be included on the honor roll, districts had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in advanced placement classes by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts. Districts also had to increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students.
In addition to student number increases, districts also had to increase or maintain the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Three is the minimum score required on an AP exam in order to earn college credit.
According to the College Board, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world in 2016 received AP scores for college credit or advanced placement.
“Reaching these goals shows that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said.
Saugatuck offers advanced placement classes in history, literature and English language and composition. Students also have the option of taking other AP courses independently through Michigan Virtual High School and other online networks.
“I am extremely proud of our entire staff, the students, and parents who continue to work together to encourage our students to push themselves to achieve at such a high level,” Saugautuck superintendent Rolfe Timmerman said. “Being on such a short list of school districts in Michigan and in the United States to earn a place on the Advanced Placement Honor Roll helps shine a spotlight on all the hard work and effort that takes place in the Saugatuck Public Schools each and every day.”
BY BTL STAFF