Stark County Increasing Student Participation in Advanced Placement (AP) Coursework
The release last week of the College Board's 8th Annual AP Report to the Nation was followed by a statement from Stan Heffner, Ohio's superintendent of public instruction.
"Despite being encouraged by the slight gains we are making in Ohio in regards to student participation - we must do more," said Heffner. "We must continue to promote AP course offerings and provide our students with more opportunities to jumpstart their college careers."
Stark County educators have been doing that for the last two years.
In 2011, the number of Stark County students taking AP courses surpassed 2,000 for the second year in a row, up from 1,500 in 2009. Students took a record 3,261 AP exams with over 2,000 being scored at 3 or above, qualifying them for college credit at over 3,000 institutions across the nation.
There is yet more good news. For the 2011-12 academic year, districts are offering a total of 157 AP courses. In 2009, the number was 121.