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Hillsborough Schools and Florida Recognized for Boost in AP

February 20th, 2013

Hillsborough County Public School students helped the state of Florida gain ground among the nation’s leaders in the percentage of students scoring 3 or above on Advanced Placement exams and to lead the nation in the percentage of students taking AP exams.

According to the 9th Annual AP Report to the Nation released today (Wednesday) by the College Board, Florida jumped from sixth to fourth in the nation in the percentage of students scoring 3 or higher on AP exams. Florida also leads the nation in the percentage of students taking AP exams while in high school.

Hillsborough County Public Schools has long been recognized for dramatic increases in AP participation, with overall participation doubling over the last five years, and more than doubling for minority students. Those increases have coincided with a recent increase in the passing rate as well.

“Hillsborough County Public Schools believe in providing educational access and opportunity to all students, and what we are finding is that more and more students from low-income families are taking and passing AP exams,” said Hillsborough School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. “We are proving that parents’ income and educational level do not determine a student’s potential.”

For its work increasing access and opportunity, HCPS has been named one of the nation’s AP Districts of the Year. In 2011, HCPS won the College Board’s prestigious Beacon Award for creating a culture focused on college and career readiness for all students.

“The report shows that years of hard work on the part of Florida’s teachers are producing results. Florida’s students are clearly graduating high school better prepared for college, careers and life,” said Florida Education Commissioner Dr. Tony Bennett. “We must continue to raise the bar and push student achievement to new heights. This is very encouraging news and I congratulate our educators and students on their remarkable success.”

The 9th Annual AP Report to the Nation and state supplement for Florida are available at http://apreport.collegeboard.org.

Maps of Florida’s districts showing participation and success on AP Exams are available on the department website. To see the Florida Department of Education press release on the 9th Annual AP Report to the Nation go to fldoe.org/news/2013/2013_02_20-2.asp.

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