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Fulton high schools honored for Advanced Placement achievement


Exams are used as an indicator of college success



March 05, 2014
NORTH FULTON, Ga. – High Schools in Fulton County are making the grade when it comes to preparing students for the rigors of a college education.

The Georgia Department of Education recently recognized 14 high schools in the Fulton County School System for achievement on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken last spring. These schools were named "AP Honor Schools," a distinction reserved for those high schools that offer students the most challenging curriculum.

"Advanced Placement classes give our students a greater opportunity to grow outside of the traditional high school curriculum," said Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa. "This added rigor not only stimulates their learning but helps prepare them for the extensive, fast-paced courses they'll experience in a college environment."

AP classes are college-level courses available for high school students covering 34 subjects from calculus to Mandarin Chinese to macroeconomics. Each spring, the College Board administers AP exams, with scores ranging from 1 to 5. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams are eligible to receive college credit or may be exempt from some introductory college courses.

Successful completion of AP courses and exams is often cited as an indicator for college readiness and success.

In Georgia, AP Honor Schools are named in five categories based on the results of 2013 AP classes and exams. The STEM categories recognize high schools with achievement in AP science, technology, engineering or mathematics courses. High schools in North Fulton were recognized in most of the categories.

AP STEM Schools (Recognizes schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses.)

Alpharetta High

Cambridge High

Centennial High

Chattahoochee High

Johns Creek High

Milton High

Northview High

Roswell High

AP STEM Achievement Schools (Recognizes schools that have at least 40 percent of math and science test-takers earning scores of 3 or higher.)

Alpharetta High

Cambridge High

Centennial High

Chattahoochee High

Johns Creek High

Milton High

Northview High

Roswell High

AP Merit Schools (Recognizes schools with at least 20 percent of students taking AP exams and with at least half of those exams receiving a score of 3 or higher.)

Alpharetta High

Cambridge High

Centennial High

Chattahoochee High

Johns Creek High

Milton High

Northview High

Roswell High

Fulton Science Academy High School was the only school in Fulton County to be named an AP Challenge School, a distinction that recognizes schools with fewer than 900 students offering AP classes in core content areas.

Behind the numbers: AP Results for Fulton Schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – Fulton County Advanced Placement scores remain higher than the state and nation based on the results from the 2013 AP exams given in the spring. In addition, the number of exams taken has increased by nearly 70 percent over the past five years, outpacing the growth in Georgia and across the nation.

Meanwhile, average scores on the exams are also rising at a rate higher than the state and nation. In Fulton County, 67 percent of AP exams received a passing score of 3 or higher, with 42 percent receiving top scores of either 4 or 5. Fulton Schools reported 10,777 AP exams passed in 2013.

Fulton students scored exceptionally well in Calculus BC with 92 percent scoring a 3 or higher, and 75 percent of scores in the 4 and 5 range. The AP Statistics exam also is seeing higher pass rates each year, with 40 percent of students scoring in the 4 and 5 range – an increase of 8 percent over the previous year.

In Georgia, the 10 most popular AP exams are United States History, English Language and Composition, World History, English Literature and Composition, United States Government and Politics, Psychology, Calculus AB, Statistics, Macroeconomics and Biology.

MH 03-05-14

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