Floyd County Schools has made the AP Honor Roll for 2015! The system is one of a select group of school districts in the U.S. and Canada and one of only six in Georgia honored by the College Board with the release of its 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. The achievement was awarded to the school system for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
“This is a huge honor for our school system,” commented Dr. John Jackson, interim superintendent of Floyd County Schools. “It recognizes that more students are taking Advanced Placement courses while at the same time maintaining our pass rate on the rigorous college-level exams associated with AP courses.” Jackson added, “I certainly want to congratulate our AP teachers and students for a job well done!”
Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture. “This is a great achievement for which your district should be celebrated,” stated Kendall Hawkins, associate director of K-12 state and district partnerships for the College Board in Georgia. "Reaching these goals indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP."
To make the College Board's AP District Honor Roll school districts were required to:
· 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;
· Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
· Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2015 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2013 percentage, 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.
Floyd County high schools have regularly earned state AP Challenge honors for the last several years. The expansion of Advanced Placement class offerings was a major component in raising the level of academic opportunities available to students in Floyd County. “It takes a dedication to providing the best possible education for children to offer these advanced classes in our small local high schools," stated George Bevels, chairman of the Floyd County Board of Education. "Our children get the advantage of small high schools that can provide them more individual attention while also being able to take these important advanced classes.”
In 2015, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and consideration in the admission process. Also, many colleges and universities in the United States offer credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.
The system will be honored by the College Board for its inclusion on the AP District Honor Roll at the Floyd County Board of Education meeting on January 5, 2016 at 6 p.m.