ST. CHARLES – For the fourth consecutive year, St. Charles School District 303 has been named to the National Advanced Placement Honor Roll.
The district is one of 477 school districts in the United States and Canada to be named to the fourth-annual honor roll by the College Board, according to a news release.
District 303 saw an 18 percent increase in the number of students who took advanced placement, otherwise known as AP, classes in the 2009-2010 and 2012-2013 school years.
More than 70 percent of students also reached the passing-score threshold on advanced placement exams.
“Research shows that high school students who take AP courses not only earn college credit and decrease college costs, but also are more successful in college than similar students who did not take an AP course,” states the release. “Students who took an AP course had higher college course grades, were more likely to graduate from college and more likely to graduate in only four years.”
The AP Honor Roll studies three years of data from 2011 to 2013 from all students that took AP exams in May of those years.
To be named to the honor roll, large districts must increase AP course participation or access by 4 percent, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts.
More than 70 percent of students in AP courses must score at least a 3, which is a passing score, on AP exams.