Three West Virginia Counties Receive National AP Recognition

12/6/2017

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 said.

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.



Contact Information

Christy Day, Director of Communications
WV Center for Professional Development
304-558-0539