Mansfield Schools Honored for Advanced Placement

Mansfield schools were named to the College Board's 2012 AP District Honor Roll.

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.

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.

"I am proud of our students and teachers for continued progress in boosting participation and performance on AP exams," said Governor Deval Patrick. "We will continue to expand our efforts to help even more students enroll in these rigorous college preparatory courses that will help prepare them for success in the classroom and beyond."

"I congratulate these school districts for their efforts to expand access to, and success in, coursework that signals readiness for a college level curriculum," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "In Massachusetts, we are encouraging our schools to upgrade their program of study so that all students are ready for success beyond high school. The Commonwealth's status of being the state with the most AP honor
roll awardees is evidence of progress toward this goal."

The Patrick-Murray Administration and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have developed a number of initiatives to ensure that all students are prepared for success in college and career and have the necessary skills to fill open jobs in Massachusetts and our increasingly global economy. Governor Patrick has begun to implement a plan to unify the state's 15 community colleges into a strengthened statewide system
responsive to both local and statewide employer needs.

The Governor's Gateway Cities Education Agenda has also focused attention on early career education as a means to better connect what students are learning in the classroom to meaningful employment beyond school. Through these initiatives and others, the administration is setting new expectations for college and career readiness that will align the Commonwealth's educational system with those of competitor nations around the world.

For more information on action steps and
strategies the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is implementing, go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/boe/docs/2012-10/item1.html.

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.

For additional information on AP, visit the College Board's website at http://www.collegeboard.org.


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