MCS Earns 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll
Posted on 03/10/2017
Mason City Schools is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, Mason City Schools had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Mason has achieved the recognition each year since the award's inception.
“It is a great accomplishment for our high school to make the AP Honor Roll once again," said Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, Mason City Schools Superintendent. “We have outstanding teachers leading these rigorous classes, hard-working students meeting the challenge, and dedicated principals supporting our staff and students.”
Achieving increased access and student performance is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work.
Among Mason’s 25 AP courses are American History, Art Studio, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science, European History, French, German, Government and Politics, Human Geography, Language and composition, Literature and composition, Mandarin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music theory, Physics 1: Algebra Based, Physics: Electricity & Magnetism, Physics: Mechanics, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics.
National data from 2016 show that among black/African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating. The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gatekeeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so these students can participate. Mason City Schools is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.
“Honor Roll Districts defy the expectation that expanding access automatically results in a decline in the percentage of exams earning scores of 3 or better. Congratulations to you, your staff, and your students for this achievement!” said Dr. Rashida Savage, the College Board’s Ohio K12 Director.
In 2016, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process
with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores. Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.