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Fitchburg named to College Board's 2014 AP District Honor Roll.

FITCHBURG -- Fitchburg High School/Fitchburg Public Schools has been named to the College Board's AP District Honor Roll for 2014. Only 547 schools across the U.S. and Canada met the criteria of not only increasing access but improving on qualifying scores. Forty-five schools/districts in Massachusetts made the list. Of those, only a few have high low income or minority status students, as Fitchburg does.

The fifth annual AP District Honor Roll honors districts 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. Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.

Data from 2014 show that among African American, Hispanic and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating because their schools do not always offer the AP course for which they have potential. These 547 districts are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to determine how to simultaneously expand access and improve student performance.

Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, for the following criteria.

Increased 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;

Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;

Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, 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.

The complete honor roll can be viewed at https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/5th-annual-ap-district-honor-roll.pdf.

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