SUWANEE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools will join the ranks of more than 500 other districts across the country that have earned a spot on the College Board's AP District Honor Roll.
It's an honor that Gale Hey, the district associate superintendent for teaching and learning, said is "a testament to our teachers and their efforts to provide a world-class education for students."
In all, 539 school systems were recognized for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement course work and increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
The College Board's decision to place GCPS on the third annual AP District Honor Roll was based on the examination of three years of AP data from the 2009-10 year to the 2011-12 year.
A review of the data showed the following:
-- The district's student participation in AP classes had a 14-percent increase from 20,173 exams during 2009-10 to 23,468 exams in 2011-12.
-- The percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking exams increased by 23 percent, from 3,119 students to 4,050 students.
-- The district also showed improvement of performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010 scoring a 3 or higher. The improvement was close to 14 percent.
Participation in AP classes and exams aims to provide students with more rigorous classroom experiences and performance comparison to college-level expectations.