3 Bibb Schools Earn AP Recognition

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Updated: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 02:48:03 EST

Three Bibb County schools have been named Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools by the Georgia Department of Education in recognition of the performance of students in taking the advanced placement exams.

Howard, Northeast, and Rutland high schools were each named 2014 AP STEM Schools. Howard High School also was named an AP STEM Achievement School, and Northeast High School also was named an AP Challenge School.

"We're excited about the AP recognitions received by Howard, Northeast and Rutland high schools," said Dr. Tandi Pressley, District Director of Gifted/Advanced Academics. "AP coursework is a proven pathway toward college readiness. Students who participate in AP courses across all content areas will be better positioned to meet the challenges of the 21st century."

AP classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. These courses offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. Students who receive a
3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.

The AP Honor Schools are named in five categories, based on the results of 2013 AP classes and exams:

- AP Challenge Schools: Schools of 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies).

- AP Access & Support Schools: Schools with at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African- American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

- AP Merit Schools: Schools with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

- AP STEM Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science).

- AP STEM Achievement Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

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