Superintendent Barge Names 462 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools

| February 25, 2014

Ga-Department-of-Education-LogoATLANTA, GA – State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge today named 462 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools.

“There are so many Georgia schools that have great success with Advanced Placement,” Superintendent Barge said. “I am so pleased to see this success grow to more and more of our schools this year. These achievements can be attributed to the outstanding students and teachers at each of our AP Honor Schools.”

Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP classes 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 2014 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% of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African- American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher

– AP MERIT SCHOOLS: Schools with at least 20% of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of three (3) or higher

– AP STEM SCHOOLS: Schools with students testing in at least two (2) AP math courses and two (2) 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 2 AP math courses and 2 AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or higher

Valdosta High School is an AP Honor Stem School, and Lowndes High School is an AP Stem Achievement School according to the 2013 AP results.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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