Mansfield was one of the 46 Massachusetts public school districts were named to the College Board's 2012 AP District Honor Roll for expanding access to Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum and maintaining or improving the percent of students scoring three or higher.
"We're excited and very proud," superintendent of Mansfield Schools Brenda Hodges said. "We're always working to be able to increase opportunities for students at that level because they're so self-motivated, they challenge themselves and you just want to provide the curriculum that gives them the opportunity to do that."
According to the College Board, more school districts from Massachusetts earned a spot on the honor roll than any other state in the nation. A total of 539 districts across the U.S. and Canada were selected for the third annual AP Honor Roll.
"To provide a more rigorous curriculum and seeing our students score in the four or fives at a higher rate, it's always exciting," she said. "When I was notified that we had been placed on the honor roll it was just a real proud moment, a proud moment for our kids and our district and our community."
The College Board bases inclusion on the AP District Honor Roll according to the following criteria:
1. Increased access to AP courses by
* At least 4-percent in large districts
* At least 6-percent in medium districts
* At least 11-percent in small districts
2. The percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP exams must not have decreased more than 5-percent for large and medium districts and 10-percent for small districts.
3. Performance levels were maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams scoring three or higher from 2010 to 2012.
Other area schools joining Mansfield on the line were Norton, King Philip, Franklin and North Attleboro.