Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Office
of Education and the Arts and the West Virginia Center for Professional
Development are pleased to recognize three counties recently named to the
College Board’s 8th Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll. Mineral,
Monongalia and Preston counties are among 447 school districts in the United
States and Canada to earn this recognition for their hard work and achievement
in expanding access to and success in Advanced Placement.
Advanced Placement allows high school students to take
college-level courses before entering college. Those who earn the required
score on the national AP exam for their content area may receive college credit
or advanced placement. The classes allow students to advance through college
coursework for a nominal fee compared to the per-credit cost of a full or
part-time college student. In addition, students are more prepared for the
academic demands of college.
For inclusion in the Annual AP Honor Roll, districts had to
illustrate specific advances over the past two years. These included increasing
the number of students participating in AP, while also increasing or
maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of three or
higher. Additionally, districts had to increase the percentage of various
student subgroups scoring three and above on at least one AP exam. These
factors reflect the counties’ commitment to identifying students who have the
potential to succeed in AP courses, and then motivating and supporting them as
they matriculate through the AP program.
WVCPD provides College Board endorsed professional development for
state educators and also administers the AP Fee Waiver program that pays a
portion of the exam fees for low-income students. It also recognizes high
schools students who pass three or more AP exams before their senior year as AP
Scholars. Housed within the Office of Education and the Arts, WVCPD has
provided support to the AP community in West Virginia since 1991.
“We are honored to recognize Mineral, Monongalia and Preston
counties for their hard work in making sure all students have access to
Advanced Placement courses,” said Secretary of Education and the Arts Gayle
Manchin. “As an educator and strong believer in AP, I know that sustained
and persistent support of our students will open doors of opportunity for
them,” she said. “Families, students, educators and administrators are to be
commended for their AP achievement and the impact it has on learning,” Manchin
To review a complete list of 2017 AP Honor Roll districts, visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll.
To learn more about WVCPD programs visit wvcpd.org or contact Christy Day,
director of communications at 304-558-0539, or at Christy.B.Day@wv.gov.